47. Perseus becomes immortal

Once upon a time, Perseus, the valiant son of Zeus and Danae, had beheaded the Gorgon Medusa, and by his valor, had won the fair hand of the beautiful Andromeda. Thereafter, along with his lovely bride, he came back to the isle of Seriphus. Perseus discovered that King Polydectes had tried to win the favor of his mother Danae, who fleeing from the unwanted embraces of Polydectes, had taken shelter in the temple of Athena, where Dictys protected her. In anger, Perseus went after Polydectes and found him entertaining guests. By showing the head of Medusa, Perseus turned Polydectes and all others, to stone. Then Perseus gifted the kingdom of Seriphus to Dictys.

Subsequently, Perseus returned the adamantine sickle to Hermes, and the shield to Athena. He gave the head of Medusa to Athena, who put it on her shield. Perseus gave the helmet of Hades, along with the winged sandals and the kibisis, to Hermes, who returned them to the Nymphs.

Accompanied by Danae and Andromeda, Perseus went to Argos, to claim his inheritance. But King Acrisius of Argos, remembering the oracle that Danae’s son would kill him, fled to his friend King Teutamidas of Larissa. Teutamidas, in honor of Acrisius, held athletic games. Meanwhile, Perseus not finding Acrisius in Argos, went to Larissa, where he took part in the athletic games. While throwing a discus, Perseus accidentally killed Acrisius. After burying Acrisius, Perseus returned to Argos, but did not claim Argos as his inheritance. Hence, Perseus went to Tiryns and told King Megapenthes, the son of Proetus, to rule Argos. In exchange, Megapenthes gave Tiryns to Perseus. Perseus ruled Tiryns and founded Mycenae.

Perseus lived happily with Andromeda, who begat him several children. Megapenthes, the son of Proetus, killed Perseus, because as some poets say that Perseus had killed his father. After Perseus died, the gods placed him amidst the stars and Perseus became immortal.

Excerpt from the book “Once Upon A Time-II: 150 Greek Mythology Stories” by Rajen Jani

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