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Mosaic with Medusa's head at the centre. Taking a better look at Medusa抯 face, and especially at the snakes springing from her hair, one realizes that she is far from harmless. Τhis realization leads us to the narration of her tragic story:
Medusa was the only mortal of the three Gorgons, daughters of the sea gods Phorkys and Keto (her two sisters were Stheno and Euryale). According to the myth she was the priestess of Athena and coupled with Poseidon, transformed into a horse, inside the temple of the goddess. Athena, infuriated by this sacrilege, turned Medusa into a hideous monster, which had snakes instead of hair, and the power to petrify anyone who looked at it in the face. Her end was grim: she was beheaded by the hero Perseus, aided by Athena, and immediately from her neck sprang Poseidon抯 offspring, the winged horse Pegasos and the giant warrior Chrysaor.

The whirl is geometrically composed of triangles of various alternate colors, and creates an optical illusion (trompe l抩eil): seen from afar it gives the impression of depth and quick movement, a vortex whose centre is the head of Medusa.

Partial quote: namuseum.gr/en/monthly_artefact/the-fatal-look-of-medusa/

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