Medusa: Solving the Mystery of the Gorgon

Medusa: Solving the Mystery of the Gorgon

by Stephen R. Wilk
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Oxford University Press, USA

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Medusa: Solving the Mystery of the Gorgon

Medusa, the Gorgon, who turns those who gaze upon her to stone, is one of the most popular and enduring figures of Greek mythology. Long after many other figures from Greek myth have been forgotten, she continues to live in popular culture. In this fascinating study of the legend of Medusa, Stephen R. Wilk begins by refamiliarizing readers with the story through ancient authors and classical artwork, then looks at the interpretations that have been given of the meaning of the myth through the years. A new and original interpretation of the myth is offered, based upon astronomical phenomena. The use of the gorgoneion, the Face of the Gorgon, on shields and on roofing tiles is examined in light of parallels from around the world, and a unique interpretation of the reality behind the gorgoneion is suggested. Finally, the history of the Gorgon since tlassical times is explored, culminating in the modern use of Medusa as a symbol of Female Rage and Female Creativity.

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ISBN-13: 9780195124316
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 03/28/2000
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 1230L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Part IThe Mystery
1The Nature of Myth3
2The Myth of Perseus and Medusa17
3The Gorgon in Art31
4Parallels from Around the World55
Part IIThe Solution
6Mira and Algol105
7The Surrounding Sky129
8The Face on the Shield145
9Gorgons and Gargoyles161
10What the Gorgon Really Was183
11The Gorgon Today193

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