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ID: 901000628
Page link: http://vocab.getty.edu/page/ia/901000628
Record Type: Character/Person

Perseus (Greek character)

Note: In Greek mythology, the slayer of the Gorgon Medusa and the rescuer of Andromeda from a sea monster. Perseus was the son of Zeus and Danaë, the daughter of Acrisius of Argos. As an infant he was cast into the sea in a chest with his mother by Acrisius, to whom it had been prophesied that he would be killed by his grandson. After Perseus had grown up on the island of Seriphus, where the chest had grounded, King Polydectes of Seriphus, who desired Danaë, tricked Perseus into promising to obtain the head of Medusa, the only mortal among the Gorgons.

Names:
Perseus (Greek character) (preferred,English-P,D,N)
Περσεύς (Greek character) (Greek,U,N)

Hierarchical Position:
Legend, Religion, Mythology (P)
....<Greek iconography> (P)
........<Greek characters> (G)
............Perseus (Greek character) (I)
Related Iconography:
associated with .... Medusa
..........(Legend, Religion, Mythology, Greek iconography, Greek characters, Medusa (Greek character)) [901000543]
child of .... Danaë
..........(Legend, Religion, Mythology, Greek iconography, Greek characters, Danaë (Greek character)) [901001272]
child of .... Zeus
..........(Legend, Religion, Mythology, Greek iconography, Greek characters, Zeus (Greek deity)) [901000671]

Sources:
Perseus (Greek character)
................Library of Congress Authorities online (2002-) sh 85100057
................Iconclass 2100 Browser (2009-) in 94P (story of) Perseus
................Metropolitan Museum of Art [online] (2001-)
................Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-)
Περσεύς (Greek character)
................Wikipedia (2000-) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perseus
Iconography Record Sources:
................ Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-) "Perseus," accessed 7 July 2017
................ Metropolitan Museum of Art [online] (2001-) http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/254523

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