Medusa: Solving the Mystery of the Gorgon

Medusa: Solving the Mystery of the Gorgon[Read] ➮ Medusa: Solving the Mystery of the Gorgon By Stephen R. Wilk – 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 co Medusa the Gorgon who turns those who gaze the Mystery eBook ↠ 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 Medusa: Solving PDF \ 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 uniue interpretation of the reality behind the gorgoneion is suggested Finally the history of the Gorgon since classical times is explored culminating in the modern use Solving the Mystery Epub à of Medusa as a symbol of Female Rage and Female Creativity. I picked up this book because I have always been very much intrigued by the myth of Medusa since I was a child My grandfather was the first person who introduced me to Medusa and I was always interested in yet the only information I could find was existing in the myth of Perseus This book seemed to be the solution to my yearning to learn Medusa Solving the Myth of the Gorgon is an informatively and academically written book which gives you a variety of perspectives on the origin of Medusa and Perseus’ myth The book draws different conclusions by using sources originating from different fields to answer the myth These fields include astronomy art ancient mythology history and architecture Personally I enjoyed the hypotheses and conclusions based on ancient mythology and history the most Once the book tried to explain the myth according to astronomical theories and how the myth of Medusa and Perseus presumably was formed because of certain constellations it took me uite a lot of perseverance to continue Unfortunately these chapters were too in depth in my opinion and rather ‘dry’ Perhaps this opinion could be explained by the fact that astronomy doesn’t interest me as much as the other topics Nevertheless I gained new insights with regards to Medusa Perseus and other myths which are closely related to the aforementioned Further I learnt a lot about ancient mythology originating from different continents other than Europe and appreciate the effort that the author put in creating this book This lavishly illustrated book starts off exploring the variations in the Medusa and Perseus myth then goes on to explore Gorgons in art gorgons around the world possible explanations for the common appearance of the Gorgon face how astronomy fits in with the myth gorgons and gargoyles this was a really good chapter the author's hypothesis on what the Gorgon really represented and what the gorgon means to people todayThe book is clearly written and explores all things Medusa This book is so interesting with the author covering various aspects from mythology astronomy war art gutter ornementation religion possible origins where the snakey hair comes from movies author needs an update here novels etc I learned a whole boat load of new things from this book I also really appreciate the lack of irrelevant side tangents and biographical ramblings so often found in non fiction books I would uite happily read any other dissected myths should the author write something like that Informative but not DeductiveGood references and facts That's it Worth a uick read There is little imagination applied so don't expect anything special This is a bit dry but very informative if you want to learn all about the Medusa myth Really interesting dissects all the myths throughly and explores their origins the history of the aegis and how the rape of Medusa is also a political allegory Great book

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  • Paperback
  • 277 pages
  • Medusa: Solving the Mystery of the Gorgon
  • Stephen R. Wilk
  • English
  • 27 May 2016
  • 9780195341317