The maiden is chained to a grotto, wearing a tunic; the sea monster is coming out of the water; Perseus is descending from the sky, just before the beginning of the fight, wearing only a mantle, the winged sandals and the helmet, and carrying the pointed sickle in his right hand and the Gorgoneion in his left.
(21) However, given the presence of the Gorgoneion in his painting, the earliest dating should be moved to the second century BC.
(52) The role of Alcestis belongs of course to Leucippe: at first she does not speak (see Alcestis 1143); she is said to be a '[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]' 'a shocking and horrible sight' (3,17,7), recalling the description of the Gorgoneion in 3,7 ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]), and in Euripides Admetus holding his wife's hand after the resuscitation is as scared and cautious as someone who is cutting the Gorgon's head (see Alcestis 1118).
Apres l'avoir utilisee pour petrifier Atlas, delivrer Andromede et tuer Polydectes qui retenait sa mere prisonniere, Persee offre la tete de Gorgone, le Gorgoneion ([MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]/Gorgoneion) a Athena (Bibliotheque, II, 4, 2-3) qui placa la tete de la Meduse sur son egide.
Par cette coutume, le Gorgoneion rappelle les visages souvent grotesques apparaissant sur les boucliers des soldats chinois et utilises aussi, generalement, comme protection contre le mauvais oeil.
The Medusa myth is a perfect illustration of Athena's siding with men, since she sports on her aegis the gorgoneion
, the head of the Medusa.
It is partially gathered on his right shoulder under a gold lion mask pauldron while short pleats fall on both sides of a gold apotropaic head of Medusa, the Gorgoneion, centered on his chest.
Still, the Gorgoneion, the plumed helmet, and the diaphanous robe unite him unequivocally with the goddess Minerva.
Incidentally, the appearance of a Gorgoneion
on Agamemnon's shield, generally recognised as a seventh-century feature (e.g.