What Did Medusa Represent?


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.

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.