Thursday, 15 May 2014

Perseus


"The Baleful Head" by Edward Burne-Jones




Origin: Greek
Meaning: "to destroy"
Gender: masculine
Pronunciation: PUR-see-əs

In Greek mythology, Perseus was the demigod son of Zeus and Danaë. When Danaë's father, the King of Argos, recieved a prophecy that he would be killed by his daughter's son, he imprisoned her in a bronze chamber. But Zeus was so drawn to Danaë that he came to her in to form of a golden shower and impregnated her. When Perseus was born, The King locked him and Danaë in a chest and threw them at sea, where they washed up on the island of Seriphos.

Perseus was the founder of the Mycenae and of the Perseid dynasty of Danaans. He beheaded the Gorgon Medusa and saved the princess Andromeda, whose mother boasted about her daughter's beauty being equal to the Nereids, which angered Poseidon, who released a sea monster named Cetus to ravage the kingdom until Andromeda was given to him, so she was chained to a rock where Perseus slayed the monster and married her.


   Related names:

Perseo - Spanish, Italian

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