Gorgons


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Related to Gorgons: Andromeda, medusa, Perseus

Gorgons

monsters with serpents for hair and brazen claws. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 114; Gk. Lit.: Iliad]

Gorgons

snake-haired, winged creatures of frightful appearance. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 108]
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Tony Harrison's film poem: The Gaze of the Gorgon (1992)
Tony Harrison's film poem The Gaze of the Gorgon was first shown on television in the UK on BBC 2, 3 October 1992 (published text, Harrison 1992).
The first is that Perseus gave the Gorgon's head to Athena, who put it at the centre of her aegis (a goatskin cape fringed with snakes) and on her shield as a threat to her enemies.
There are many sections--particularly toward the end of the book--in which Ward's emotional Gorgons, as it were, bite.
GORGON: PALEONTOLOGY, OBSESSION, AND THE GREATEST CATASTROPHE IN EARTH'S HISTORY
'EVOCATIVE': Prof David Dabydeen; 'INSPIRATIONAL': Amryl Johnson at the launch of Gorgons in 1992
the art, which Athena once discovered as she interwove the dread lament of the Gorgons that she heard pouring from the unapproachable snaky heads of the maidens with mournful suffering when Perseus shouted his third cry as he brought a portion of the sisters as doom for sea-girt Seriphos and its people.
(the art) which Pallas Athena once invented, weaving together the bold Gorgons' dirge destructive, which she heard dripping from the maidens' unapproachable heads of snakes with grievous suffering when Perseus shouted as he brought the third part of the sisters to sea-girt Seriphos and its people as (his share and) its doom.
The most serious difficulty with Kohnken's and Clay's approach is separating "third" from "part" and making Perseus dispatch "a part of the sisters."(8) That Pindar refers to the Gorgon sisters collectively as the "race of Phorkos" (Hesiod's Phorkys) in 13 and that he names Euryale as one of the two surviving Gorgons helps to establish the Gorgons as a group of three.
Now the pathos of the death of one of the triad is stronger and more effective if the two surviving Gorgons utter their dirge over their slain sister as their "third part." The solidarity of the three sisters, of course, underlies the bitter suffering in the dirge of the two survivors in lines 9-10.
Perseus In Greek mythology, the slayer of the Gorgon Medusa and the rescuer of Andromeda from a sea monster.
Later Perseus gave the Gorgon's head to Athena, who placed it on her shield, and gave his other accoutrements to Hermes.