(Περσεύς [Perseús]; Latin Perseus)
P. is important in mythology by virtue of his descent, his decapitation of the Gorgon Medusa and his deeds, mostly accomplished with the help of the said severed head (the ‘Gorgoneion’).
The starting-point for the myth of P. is a prophecy according to which Acrisius, king of Argos, learns that he will die at the hands of a son of his daughter, Danae. Acrisius responds by incarcerating Danae to avert this fate. But Zeus turns to golden rain and succeeds in reaching her and fatherin…