The birth of Perseus

This is a post for my March book challenge, #marchmonthofmythology.

Perseus is well known for his fight with Medusa. The most incredible thing about him, however, is how he was conceived, because it was supposed to be impossible.

Prophecies ruin everyone’s life

King Acrisius was worried that he would never get a son; so far he’d only gotten a daughter. He went to the oracle of Delphi for advice, but only received the rather unhelpful prophecy that he would be killed by his daughter’s son. Acrisius went to great lengths to ensure that wouldn’t happen. He locked his daughter Danaë in a sort of hole, a room that was open only to the sky. No one would be able to reach her there!

Well, no one except Zeus. In one of his most creative disguises yet, he visited and impregnated Danaë in the form of a golden rain shower. When the baby boy, little Perseus, was born, Acrisius put his daughter and grandson in a wooden box and threw it into the sea (you can’t just go about directly killing off children of the gods; you have to work around it). Unfortunately for Acrisius Danaë and Perseus didn’t drown. After a long trip they washed ashore and were found by a friendly fisherman, who took them in. Things were fine then, until Perseus grew up and had to be a hero…

Perseus – a character who beat impossible odds

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I picked Nimona for today’s prompt, because that girl has been through a lot. I don’t want to spoil anything, so that’s all I’m going to say about it. Just know that this graphic novel (Nimona by Noelle Stevenson) is amazing and I recommend it to all of you. (It was one of my favourite reads of 2016.)

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