|Son of Zeus and Danae, Perseus
reached maturity on the beach of an island after being
thrown into the ocean in a chest along with his mother.
Perseus was sent to bring the head of Medusa, a monster
with a serpents tail, hair of snakes, and ability
to turn to stone whatever looked her in the face, back to
the king Polydectes. He succeeded in doing this using
enchanted items including sandals, a wallet, a helmet,
and a sickle. From the blood of Medusa, the winged horse
Pegasus sprouted, which would later prove important to
Bellerophon. On his way home, Perseus encountered a young
princess, Andromeda, chained to a rock. As a punishment
to her mother, Andromeda was going to be executed by a
sea monster. Perseus killed the monster, and soon married
Andromeda, after turning her unwilling parents to stone.
Later in his life, Perseus mistakenly killed his
grandfather, Acrisius, and also fathered many sons.