For other meanings, see Perseus
, completed 1801 (Vatican Museums)]]Perseus, Perseos, or Perseas (Greek: ???????, ???????, ???????), the legendary founder of Mycenae and of the Perseid dynasty there, was the first of the mythic heroes of Greek mythology whose exploits in defeating various archaic monsters provided the founding myths in the cult of the Twelve Olympians. Perseus was the hero who killed Medusa and claimed Andromeda, having rescued her from a sea-monster.
Origin at Argos
Perseus was the son of DanaĆ« who, by her very name, was the archetype and eponymous ancestor of all the DanaansKerenyi 1959:45; see also Danaus.. She was the only daughter of Acrisius, King of Argos. Disappointed by his lack of male heirs, Acrisius consulted the oracle at Delphi, who warned him that although destined to remain without a son himself, he would one day be killed by his daughter's child. DanaĆ« was childless and to keep her so, he shut her up in a bronze chamber underground:In post-Ren