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The Judgment of Paris (c.1510) - Raphael
Marcantonio Raimondi engraving after Raphael

Medusa () - Rubens
In Greek mythology one of the three Gorgons, whose head, with snakes for hair, turned him who looked upon it into stone'


A mythology is a relatively cohesive set of myths: stories that comprise a certain religion or belief system.

Myths are generally stories based on tradition and legend designed to explain the universal and local beginnings ("creation myths and "founding myths"), natural phenomena, inexplicable cultural conventions, and anything else for which no simple explanation presents itself. Not all myths need have this explicatory purpose, however. Likewise, most myths involve a supernatural force or deity, but many simple legends and narratives passed down orally from generation to generation have mythic content. The Brothers Grimm demonstrated that there is mythic content embedded even in the least promising fairy tales. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mythology [Nov 2004]


Danae (1907-08) - Gustav Klimt

In Greek mythology, Danae (Greek: "parched") was a daughter of King Acrisius of Argos and Eurydice (no relation to Orpheus' Eurydice). She was the mother of Perseus by Zeus. She was sometimes credited with founding the city of Ardea in Latium. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danae [May 2005]

Zeus came to her in the form of rain or a shower of gold, and impregnated her. Soon after, their child Perseus was born. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danae [May 2005]

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