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In Greek mythology MEDUSA---was a monster, a Gorgon, generally described as having the face of a hideous human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair. Gazing directly into her eyes would turn onlookers to stone.Medusa was beheaded by the hero PERSEUS, who thereafter used her head as a weapon until he gave it to the goddess ATHENA to place on her shield.

Acroterium corner stone of a Roman sarcophagus depicting the head of Medusa reclaimed from the Tiber Luni Marble 170-190 CE

In Greek mythology Medusa ("guardian, protectress")[1] was a monster, a Gorgon, generally described as having the face of a hideous human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair. Gazing directly into her eyes would turn onlookers to stone. Most sources describe her as the daughter of Phorcys and Ceto,[2] though the author Hyginus (Fabulae, 151) interposes a generation and gives Medusa another chthonic pair as parents.