Author: David Leeming
Editor: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1780231334
Size: 14,14 MB
Format: PDF
Read: 414

With her repulsive face and head full of living, venomous snakes, Medusa is petrifying—quite literally, since looking directly at her turned people to stone. Ever since Perseus cut off her head and presented it to Athena, she has been a woman of many forms: a dangerous female monster that had to be destroyed, an erotic power that could annihilate men, and, thanks to Freud, a woman whose hair was a nest of terrifying penises that signaled castration. She has been immortalized by artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Salvador Dalí and was the emblem of the Jacobins after the French Revolution. Today, she’s viewed by feminists as a noble victim of patriarchy and used by Versace in the designer’s logo for men’s underwear, haute couture, and exotic dinnerware. She even gives her name to a sushi roll on a Disney resort menu. Why does Medusa continue to have this power to transfix us? David Leeming seeks to answer this question in Medusa, a biography of the mythical creature. Searching for the origins of Medusa’s myth in cultures that predate ancient Greece, Leeming explores how and why the mythical figure of the gorgon has become one of the most important and enduring ideas in human history. From an oil painting by Caravaggio to Clash of the Titans and Dungeons and Dragons, he delves into the many depictions of Medusa, ultimately revealing that her story is a cultural dream that continues to change and develop with each new era. Asking what the evolution of the Medusa myth discloses about our culture and ourselves, this book paints an illuminating portrait of a woman who has never ceased to enthrall.


Author: Xavier Niz
Editor: Capstone
ISBN: 9780736826624
Size: 15,40 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Tells the story of Medusa, Perseus' quest to kill her, and describes the role of myths in the modern world.

The Gorgon Medusa Book I Herstory

Author: Tyrone Ross
Editor: Lulu Press, Inc
ISBN: 1483447189
Size: 11,95 MB
Format: PDF
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Medusa, synonymous with the word monster, is one of three Gorgons who possess the power to petrify any living creature. With bronze claws, a mane of venomous snakes and deadly eyes that can snatch the life from anyone who look upon her, Medusa was ancient Greece's weapon of mass destruction. Mythology briefly told the story of the life, plight and death of the Gorgon. However, it was a partial account of a being that lived over three thousand years ago. In truth, Medusa is alive today, in the 21st century! From the shadows of obscurity, she has risen to assume the guise of Madame Cynthia Petrakis, reclusive billionaire, philanthropist and humanitarian. One person, archaeologist Jerimiah Clarke, unwittingly stumbled upon her secret. It was a discovery that nearly ended in tragedy, yet became the foundation of a new and true friendship. Few know of Medusa's story and now she has decided to reveal it to one man. This is Herstory!


Author: Rob M. Worley
Editor: ABDO Publishing Company
ISBN: 1617865540
Size: 14,45 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Read: 459

Beauty isn't everything, as Medusa learns. Find out how the goddess Athena teaches this lesson in this brilliantly illustrated Greek myth. Pink level for your fluent reader.


Author: Bernard Evslin
Editor: Chelsea House Pub
ISBN: 9781555462383
Size: 19,53 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Recounts the story of the serpent-haired creature whose gaze turned people to stone, and the adventures of the hero who eventually vanquished her.


Author: Stephen R. Wilk
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199887736
Size: 15,15 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Read: 339

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.

Medusa Through The Eyes Of The Gorgon

Author: Skevi
Editor: Skevi
Size: 14,82 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Read: 799

Perseus Slays The Gorgon Medusa

Author: Gary Jeffrey
Editor: The Rosen Publishing Group
ISBN: 1433975238
Size: 19,60 MB
Format: PDF
Read: 695

In a gripping tale of honor, kings, and unbelievable creatures, the mythical hero Perseus bests his mother's suitor—the awful King Phineus. Exciting, vivid illustrations drive this graphic novel's accessible telling of Perseus's triumph. Armed with knowledge and gifts given to him by the gods, Perseus uses Medusa's head to turn Phineus into stone and rescue the maiden Andromeda. Readers will enjoy each informational and engaging panel, and applaud the heroic and cunning end.


Author: Kai Mansberger
Editor: Chipmunkapublishing ltd
ISBN: 1849914982
Size: 19,83 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Read: 307

DescriptionThis screenplay is set in the near future when human society is completely dependent on computers, pen and paper are no longer used and all money exists as electronic credit. Of course there are back-ups and fail-safe devices, but even these are destroyed by Medusa, the most destructive computer virus the world has ever seen. All information on computers is lost forever, governments lose control, riots break out and society collapses. After the Big Crash a young man named Mark takes refuge at Border's Edge, a militant survival camp in the Arizona desert. When the camp finds itself at war with the rival camp of New City, Mark flees into the desert and soon teams up with a black man who calls himself Jesus and a young woman named Rose. Together they begin a quest to find Hushville, a mythical utopian village which has achieved a token of stability. On their epic journey the three friends are forced to discover themselves and fight for their survival in the harsh, post-apocalyptic, desert environment. They have surreal encounters with the prophetic Crazy Old Woman, the strange artist Simon Agresta and the Tribers, mysterious nomads who have relinquished their need for civilisation. Their progress through the desert is followed by a murderous gang of anarchists on horseback and the dangerous Dragon Sisters who soar above them on genetically engineered dragons. Written and presented as a black fairy tale, Medusa also poses a few important questions about the fragmentation of the individual and society in the postmodern world of computer technology and virtual reality. About the AuthorKai Mansberger was born in 1980 in Kathmandu and spent his early childhood in Nepal and Hawaii. He received his formal secondary education in Oxford and studied English Literature and Film at the University of Wales, Bangor. As an aspiring young actor he appeared in several films, most notably alongside Peter O'Toole in Douglas Livingstone's film dramatisation of P.G. Wodehouse's Heavy Weather in 1995. He was a gifted musician, songwriter and composer. Additionally, he was a serious student of martial arts, Japanese language, philosophy, quantum physics, higher mathematics and computer programming. Intermittently, he travelled to The Netherlands and remote areas of Italy, France and Greece in search of alternative modern day utopias and immersed himself in the music and street subcultures of Oxford. All of these interests and life experiences are reflected in his writing. Kai's literary legacy includes Seeing the Invisible (a collection of short stories and poems), The Philosophy of Tenderness and Medusa (two screenplays), all published posthumously by Chipmunka Publishing in 2011. This body of work embraces narrative structures and philosophical explorations of postmodernist, cyberpunk and post-cyberpunk literary tradition. In 2002 Kai was arrested and admitted to hospital under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act. In the ensuing 23 months until his death at the age of 23, he was repeatedly arrested for "irrational," "delusional," "strange," "bizarre" or "suspicious" behaviour, sectioned, misdiagnosed and mistreated: he always maintained that he was just an "eccentric philosopher." He subsequently endured incarceration, detention, solitary confinement, mental torture, extreme mental suffering, psychological pain and debilitating side effects induced by the continually enforced medication of 16 different mind-altering psychiatric drugs. This episode in his life has been documented in The Rape of Psyche (Chipmunka Publishing: 2010).

The Medusa Reader

Author: Marjorie Garber
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1136635343
Size: 15,73 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Read: 580

Fascinating and terrifying, the Medusa story has long been a powerful signifier in culture with poets, feminists, anthropologists, psychoanalysts, political theorists, artists, writers, and others. Bringing together the essential passages and commentary about Medusa, The Medusa Reader traces her through the ages, from classical times through the Renaissance to the pop culture, art, and fashion of today. This collection, with a critical introduction and striking illustrations, is the first major anthology of primary material and critical commentary on this most provocative and enigmatic of figures.