What I Did
- Developing the Witches’ Scene
- Rehearsing for the performance
THE GORGONES (or Gorgons) were three powerful, winged mythical characters named Medusa (Medusa), Sthenno and Euryale. Of the three sisters only Medousa was mortal, and so it was her head which King Polydektes of Seriphos commanded the young hero Perseus to decapitate.
According to late classical poets, Medousa was once a beautiful maiden who was transformed by Athena into a monster as punishment for lying with Poseidon in her shrine. However, early Greek writers and artists, simply portray her as a monster born of a monstrous family.
<Medusa depicted in Ancient mural>
The three Gorgones were depicted in ancient Greek as winged women with broad round heads, serpentine locks of hair, large staring eyes, wide mouths, the tusks of swine, lolling tongues, flared nostrils, and sometimes short coarse beards.
<Medusa in late classical art>
Medusa was humanised in late classical art with the face of a beautiful woman.
<Medusa in mosaic art>
In mosaic art her full face was wreathed around with coiling snakes and adorned with a pair of small wings sprouting from the brow.