Perseus

Detail from an Athenian red-figure clay vase, about 450 BC. New York, Metropolitan Museum 45.11.1.Perseus and the Nymphs. Chalcidian amphora from Caere. London, British Museum B155In myth, the hero who was sent to decapitate the Gorgo Medusa. He succeeds in this with the help of a magic cap of darkness, winged boots and a special bag (kibisis) in which to carry the petrifying head of Gorgo. He is helped by Athena. He also rescues Andromeda (an African princess) from a sea-monster (ketos) sent to devour her by Poseidon.

Above left: Detail from an Athenian red-figure clay vase, about 450 BC. New York, Metropolitan Museum 45.11.1. © Metropolitan Museum, New York

Above right: Perseus and the Nymphs. Chalcidian amphora from Caere. London, British Museum B155 © British Museum