Medusa and Athena

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NARRATOR: Once upon a time there lived a beautiful girl named Medusa.  She  lived in the city of Athens in a country named Greece, and although there were many pretty girls in the city, Medusa was considered the most lovely.


At Medusa´s house


MEDUSA: I am the prettiest of them all!. Everybody knows it, and I am proud of that. My skin is more beautiful than fresh fallen snow.


NARRATOR: Every day she told everybody something about her beauty. On Monday, she told the cobbler.


At the cobbler´s shop


MEDUSA: My hair glows brighter than the sun.


COBBLER: I know that!.  It brightens every room and every place you enter. The sun is nothing compared to you.


NARRATOR: On Tuesday, she said  to the blacksmith’s son.


At the blacksmith’s shop


MEDUSA: My eyes are greener than the Aegean Sea.


BLACKSMITH´S SON: Yes, you have the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen. The sea is nothing compared to you!.


NARRATOR: On Wednesday, she boasted to everyone at the public garden.


At the public garden


MEDUSA: My lips are redder than the reddest rose.


PEOPLE IN THE GARDEN: Oh, Medusa, roses are nothing compared to you!.


NARRATOR: When she wasn’t busy sharing her thoughts about her beauty with all who passed by, Medusa would gaze lovingly at her reflection in her hand mirror.


In her room


MEDUSA: I admire myself, I am so beautiful. Even my reflection in the window and in the water shows my beauty.


NARRATOR: On and on Medusa went about her beauty to anyone and everyone who stopped long enough to hear her, until one day when she made her first visit to the Parthenon with her friends.


At the parthenon


FRIEND 1: The Parthenon is the largest temple to the goddess Athena in all the land.


FRIEND 2: Yes, the decoration looks amazing with those sculptures and paintings.


NARRATOR: Everyone who entered was astonished by the beauty of the place and couldn’t help but think of how grateful they were to Athena, goddess of wisdom, for inspiring them and for watching over their city of Athens. Everyone, that is, except Medusa.


MEDUSA: I could have made a much better subject for the sculptor than Athena had.


NARRATOR: When Medusa saw the artwork, she said.


MEDUSA: The artist did a fine job considering the goddess’s thick eyebrows.


NARRATOR: But imagine how much more wonderful the painting would be if it was of someone as delicate as Medusa. When Medusa reached the altar she sighed happily and said.


MEDUSA: This is a beautiful temple. It is a shame it was wasted on Athena, I am so much prettier than she is, perhaps some day people will build an even grander temple to my beauty.


NARRATOR: Medusa’s friends grew pale. The priestesses who overheard Medusa gasped. Whispers ran through all the people in the temple who quickly began to leave, except for Medusa who was so busy looking proudly at her reflection in the large bronze doors that she hadn’t noticed the departure of everyone else. Suddenly, instead of her own features, it was the face of Athena that Medusa saw reflected back at her.


ATHENA:  Vain and foolish girl. You think you are prettier than I am!.  I doubt it to be true, but even if it were, there is more to life than beauty alone. While others work and play and learn, you do little but boast and admire yourself!.


MEDUSA: But, Athena, my beauty is an inspiration to those around me. I make their lives better by simply looking so lovely.


NARRATOR: But Athena silenced her with a frustrated wave.


ATHENA: Nonsense. Beauty fades swiftly in all mortals. It does not comfort the sick, teach the unskilled or feed the hungry. And by my powers, your loveliness shall be stripped away completely. Your fate shall serve as a reminder to others to control their pride.


NARRATOR: And with those words Medusa’s face changed to that of a hideous monster. Her hair twisted and thickened into horrible snakes that hissed and fought each other atop her head.


ATHENA: Medusa, for your pride this has been done. Your face is now so terrible to behold that the mere sight of it will turn a man to stone! Even you, Medusa, should you seek your reflection, shall turn to rock the instant you see your face.. Now, with your hair of snakes go live with the blind monsters — the gorgon sisters — at the ends of the earth, so that no innocents would be accidentally turned to stone at the sight of you.


MEDUSA: (shouting) Nooo, what have you done to me, Athena! I am the most beautiful, you are jealous of me! I will be beautiful forever, and you will not change that!




 Author:  Greek Mythology


Adapted by: K I D S I N C O


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The gorgon Medusa, unlike her sisters, was a mortal. Born beautiful, Medusa was seduced by Poseidon, disguised as a horse, in one of Athena’s temples. Athena became incensed and turned Medusa into a fearsome winged creature. Originally, Medusa was depicted as a horse with wings, then a woman with equine hindquarters and wings on her hair. At a later date, portraits of her reveals that her teeth were transformed into the tusks of a wild boar, her black tongue protuded and became too large for her mouth, her hands became brazen claws and her wings were changed into serpents. Her gaze alone turned men to stone.






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