What are some fun facts about Perseus?


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Some fun facts about Perseus are that he was the son of a god and a mortal, he killed the gorgon Medusa and rescued the woman who would become his wife from a sea monster. Perseus had an adventure-filled life and his children were great kings.

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Perseus was the son of Zeus, king of the gods, and Danae, a human woman. A prophecy foretold that the son of Danae would one day kill his grandfather, so when Perseus was discovered, King Acrisius had Danae and Perseus thrown into a large wooden box and tossed into the sea. They were rescued by fisherman.

Later, Perseus promised King Polydectes the head of Medusa as a wedding gift, not realizing Polydectes was trying to get him killed. It seemed hopeless that Perseus could kill Medusa, until the goddess Athena and god Hermes appeared with the scythe of Zeus and Athena's own shield. Now Perseus had the means to defeat Medusa.

After finding and defeating her, he set off for home. He saw a woman named Andromeda chained to a rock. Her mother had insulted Poseidon, who decreed she must be sacrificed to a monster. Perseus rescued her and took her with him to be his wife.

Perseus used Medusa's head to kill Polydectes and his evil courtiers. He and Andromeda lived happily for many years. They were the parents of Hercules, the strongest man in the world.

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