Classics 10: Chapter 13: Spring 2011Perseus and Myths of the Argive PlainI. Io and Her DescendantsII. Perseus and MedusaIII. Perseus and AndromedaAt left, Benvenuto Cellini, Perseus and Medusa, 1554, in bronze
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Perseus: Major Themes•Descendants of Perseus will rule Mycenae, greatest of Bronze Age Greek cities•As the founder of Mycenae, Perseus involved in great adventures appropriate for his heroic city•Perseus a simple hero, though plots of his stories complicated and interrelated –His myths older than Trojan War myths?•Most of the good guys live happily ever after; many folktale motifs•No major literary account of his deeds (why?)