Medusa vs. Athena
by: Kaela Smith
Medusa and Athena (enemies) affect daily Greek life and beliefs because of ancient Greek artifacts, myths, and beliefs.
Medusa's parents were most likely Phorcys and Keto, meaning her grandparents were most likely Gaia and Oceanos. Medusa was a beautiful woman-on the outside. She was so vain and she boasted everyday about being more beautiful than Athena. Medusa believed a temple should've been built in her honor, and that it would look better than Athena's temple. One day Athena visited her, and she confronted Medusa because of her vanity. Medusa insisted Athena was just jealous of her beauty, and that got her a one way ticket to a wretched, horrible, disgusting, snake-filled stone-making life. With the help of Athena, Perseus decapitated Medusa, ending her disgusting life.
Athena was an Olympian. A beautiful Greek Goddess. She was Zeus' favorite daughter, being the goddess of battle strategies. She was the most beautiful being ever created. She competed with her uncle, Poseidon, to be the patron god/goddess of Attica, renaming Athens in result of her winning. She gave many gifts to the people of Athens, including the olive tree. Not only was she a generous, loving, caring, goddess, but she was also an inventor! She invented many things, including the olive tree, ships and chariots. Medusa angered Athena, and Athena turned Medusa into a wretched monster who's eyes turned anything that happened to gaze upon them turn to stone. Athena helped Perseus kill Medusa by providing him with weapons. He killed her, and Athena kept her decapitated head on her aegis(shield).