Q:

What did Medusa represent?

A:

Quick Answer

According to the University of Illinois, Medusa represented a variety of things including the face of the warrior possessed by battle frenzy, and in Christian symbolism Medusa represented the dreaded enemy and death. At first glance, the Medusa head appears to be of complete negativity.

Continue Reading
What did Medusa represent?
Credit: Michael Interisano / Design Pics Getty Images

Full Answer

Featured in Greek Mythology, Medusa was a monster. She had the face of an angry female with living snakes as hair. Legend stated that anyone who stared directly into Medusa’s eyes would turn to stone. Medusa was once a beautiful maiden who had an affair with Zeus. This infuriated Athena and she transformed Medusa into the serpent.

Learn more about Ancient Greece
Sources:

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What are some interesting facts about Medusa?

    A:

    In early versions of her story amongst the Ancient Greeks, Medusa was born as a gorgon, while later in antiquity, she was turned into one by the goddess Athena. In myth, looking at her turned people to stone. Medusa was a chthonic deity, meaning she lived underground, representing fertility, death and rebirth. Perseus, a hero, must kill Medusa and collect her head to save his mother.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How old was Medusa when she died?

    A:

    Though there are several versions of the Medusa myth, there is no mention of her age at death or any other age-related information. In the versions where she is described as being born a mortal, she is described as a young maiden and a priestess of Athena.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What power did Medusa have?

    A:

    In the Ancient Greek mythological tradition, Medusa was a gorgon with the power to instantly turn people to stone once they looked upon her directly. She was turned into a gorgon as a result of Athena's jealousy and her anger at Poseidon's seduction of the girl in Athena's temple.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is an appropriate opening prayer for a Christian funeral?

    A:

    According to the Church of England, appropriate opening prayers for Christian funerals include prayers for thanksgiving for the life of the deceased, prayers for those who mourn and prayers for comfort in the face of death. Some prayers for those who mourn are tailored to accommodate different methods of death.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore