P. 305 (with art)

Paris, Louvre E874: Attic black-figure dinos with Gorgons and Perseus


Wikimedia Commons detail of pursuing Gorgon and Perseus


Perseus Image of Louvre E874

Perseus Art & Archaeology Artifact Browser


Beazley Archive Pottery Database

Classical Art Research Centre

Athens, National Museum 13401: painted metope from Thermon with Perseus fleeing


Deutsches Archäologisches Institut. Antike Denkmäler, vol. 2 (1908), pl. 51.1

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Bryn Mawr archaeology image (upper metope)

Berlin, Pergamonmuseum F 1682 (lost): Attic black-figure spouted krater with Perseus and Athena

Beazley Archive Pottery Database

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Samos, Vathy Museum E 1: ivory relief with Perseus and Medousa


Illustration p. 155 from Konstantinos Tsakos and Maria Viglaki-Sofianou, Samos: The Archaeological Museums (2012)

Olympia, Archaeological Museum B975: bronze shield-band relief with Perseus and Medousa

iconiclimc image (bottom relief)

London, British Museum B155: Chalkidian black-figure amphora with Perseus and Nymphai


British Museum image and description


Drawing showing inscriptions, from Daremberg and Saglio, Dicionnaire des antiquités grecques et romaines (1896 ff.), vol. 4.1, p. 399

iconiclimc detail and whole view of vase

Classical Art Research Centre

Pausanias 3.17.3 (on the bronze temple of Athena in Sparta):

On the bronze are wrought in relief many of the labours of Heracles… There are also represented nymphs bestowing upon Perseus, who is starting on his enterprise against Medusa in Libya, a cap and the shoes by which he was to be carried through the air (original Greek).

Pherekydes of Athens 3F11 (Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker 1, ed. F. Jacoby, 2d ed. [1957], pp. 61-62):

And Perseus went away sorrowfully, mourning the disaster, to the end of the island. But Hermes, seen by him and bringing the question to him, learns the reason for the lament. And he leads him first, telling him to cheer up, to the Graiai, daughters of Phorkos, Pemphredo and Enyo and Deino, with Athena preceding them, and he steals away their eye and their tooth as they hand them to each other. And they, noticing, cry out and supplicate him to give back the eye and the tooth, because the three of them made use of one by taking turns. And Perseus says he has it and he will give it back if they direct him to the nymphs who have the cap of Aides and the winged sandals and the pouch. And they tell him, and Perseus gives back what he took. And he goes away to the nymphs with Hermes, and after asking and getting them he ties on the winged sandals and hangs the pouch on his shoulders and sets the cap of Aides over his head. Then, flying, he goes to the ocean and the Gorgons, with Hermes and Athena following with him. And he finds them sleeping. And the gods with him explain to him how he must cut off the head while turned away, and they show him Medousa, who alone was mortal of the Gorgons. And he gets near and cuts it off, and puts it into the pouch and flees. But they notice and chase him and don’t see him (translation by Silvio Curtis).

Katast (Pseudo-Eratosthenes, Katasterismoi) 22 (Mythographi Graeci vol. 3.1, ed. A. Olivieri [1897], p. 25 ff.)

fr 262 iv, v R (Aischylos, fragment 262 iv, v, in Tragicorum Graecorum Fragmenta vol. 3, ed. S.L. Radt [1985], p. 364)