Greek - King of Argos. Son of Zeus by Danae. Husband of Andromeda. Father of Alcaeus, Electryon, Gorgophone, Heleius, Mestor, Perses and Sthenelus. He was born as the result of a visit by Zeus, as a shower of gold, to Danae who had been imprisoned in a bronze tower by her father, Acrisius. As a baby he was cast into the sea in a chest with his mother because his grandfather, Acrisius, had been warned that a son of Danae would kill him. The castaways came ashore on the island of Seriphos where they were sheltered by the fisherman, Dictys, brother of Polydectes. When the king tried to force Danae into marriage, Perseus undertook to bring him the head of Medusa as a wedding present if he married Hippodamia instead. Armed with a sickle from Hermes and a bright shield from Athene and wearing the Helmet of Invisibility borrowed from Hades he flew in winged sandals to the land of the Hyperboreans where he stole the eye of the Gaiae and handed it back only when they told him where to find the Gorgons. He decapitated Medusa with one stroke, using the shield to see only her reflection - a direct sight would have turned him to stone. At once, the flying horse Pegasus and the warrior Chysaor sprang from the corpse. Perseus turned several people to stone by displaying the head, including Atlas and Polydectes who had been persecuting his mother, Danae, who had refused the king's offer of marriage. It was Perseus who decapitated the sea-monster, Cetus, which was about to devour Andromeda who had been chained to a rock by her father Cepheus to atone for an alleged slight to the Nereids. He married Andromeda and the wedding feast was interrupted by Phineus to whom Andromeda had been promised. In the ensuing fight, Perseus again used the Medusa mask to turn the intruder and 200 of his followers, including Ampyx, Astyages and Thescelus, to stone. His own friend, Aconteus, was also petrified. He inadvertently killed his own grandfather, Acrisius, with a discus hurled at the games and exchanged kingdoms with Megapenthes of Tiryns. He gave the Medusa's head to Athene who carried it on her aegis. In another story, Perseus attacked Dionysus, at the instigation of Hera, flying high in his magic sandals. As Perseus flew higher, Dionysus grew in stature until he reached the sky. Only the intervention of Hermes prevented the god from destroying the presumptuous mortal. Some say he was killed by Megapenthes to avenge his father, Proetus, who had been turned to stone by Perseus. When he died he was placed in the heavens near Andromeda and, in some accounts, was worshipped as a god. Sometimes referred to as Perseus, sacred birds, sacred birds, birds, Ainu Ahura Mazda, Amaterasu, Apollo, Athena, Helius, Hermes, Mercury, Mithra, Nyx, Tammuz, Zas Arawn, Artemis, China, Fukurokuju, Kwannon, Lares, Mannanan, Shou Shen, Thoth Apollo, Asclepius, Angerbode Brac, Cronus, Odin, Saturn, Yama Juno Aphrodite, Astarte Ararjatis, Ataragatis, Hachiman, Venus Dusara, Jupiter Egypt Apollo, Baba, Brahma, Dionysus, Egypt, Eros, Epona, Hera, Horus, Iris, Juno, Kaltesh, Mars, Ops, Osiris, Seb, Thoth, Vishnu Isis Apollo, Here, Tethys Zoastrianism Asclepius, Inara Ketu, Minerva Brahma, Lakshmi, Sarasvati Apollo, Melkarth Asclepius, Noah, Odin Saturn Aphrodite, Venus Hera, Sweden Aphrodite, Isis Aphrodite, Venus Aztecs, Maya Apollo, Ares Heracles, Isis, Izanagi, Izanami Ares Triptolemus Amaterasu, 'sacker' or 'sacker'.

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