Perseus: Fabulae Faciles

The story of Perseus from Ritchie's Fabulae Faciles.

Acrisius, an ancient king of Argos, had been warned by an oracle that he should perish by the hand of his grandson. On discovering, therefore, that his daughter Danae had given birth to a son, Acrisius endeavored to escape his fate by setting both mother and child adrift on the sea. They were saved, however, by the help of Jupiter; and Perseus, the child, grew up at the court of Polydectes, king of Seriphos, an island in the Aegean Sea. On reaching manhood, he was sent by Polydectes to fetch the head of Medusa, one of the Gorgons. This dangerous task he accomplished with the help of Apollo and Minerva, and on his way home he rescued Andromeda, daughter of Cepheus, from a sea-monster. He then married Andromeda, and lived some time in the country of Cepheus. At length he returned to Serīphos, and turned Polydectes to stone by showing him the Gorgon's head; he then went to the court of Acrisius, who fled in terror at the news of his grandson's return. The oracle was duly fulfilled, for Acrisius was accidentally killed by a quoit thrown by the hero.

The Ark
Juppiter Saves His Son
He is Sent on His Travels
He Gets His Outfit
The Gorgon's Head
The Sea-Serpent
A Human Sacrifice
The Rescue
The Reward of Valor
Poydectes is Turned to Stone
The Oracle Fulfilled

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