Perseus and Andromeda
On his way home from slaying the Gorgon Medusa, Perseus came to Ethiopia where he saw a beautiful maiden chained to a rock on the shoreline. This was Andromeda, the daughter of king Kepheus. Her parents had boasted that she was more beautiful as the Nereids (sea nymphs) and the sea god Poseidon was so enraged that he flooded the lant with salt water. To pacify him, the Ethiopians agreed to sacrifice Andromeda to a sea monster.
Seeing her in chains Perseus fell in love with Andromeda. Kepheus told him he could marry her, but he would have to save her first. Perseus used his winged sandals to rise up in the air and attack the sea monster from above with his sickle of adamant. Once the monster was dead, the hero claimed Andromeda as his bride. Kepheus’s brother Phineus challenged Perseus because Andromeda was already promised to him. When it seemed Phineus and his men might overwhelm him in battle, Perseus drew Medusa’s head from its bag and turned them all to stone.
Myths in Minutes – Neil Philip
Cover: Perseus confronting Phineus with the Head of Medusa by Sebastiano Ricci
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