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Apr 17, 2017 | 5:41 PM EDT
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In Greek mythology, Medusa was one of three sisters, known as the Gorgons, who hailed from the African continent (which the Greeks called "Libya"). She was originally a very beautiful maiden who fell victim to the sea god Poseidon's sexual violence in a temple to Athena. In a senseless and appalling example of rape culture at work, Athena punished not Poseidon but Medusa, transforming her into a snake-haired monster so hideous that men would turn to stone upon the mere sight of her. Poor Medusa never found justice. Instead her fate was for the demigod Perseus to slay her and use her severed head as a weapon.

Honestly, Medusa's story is one of the saddest Greek tragedies I've ever read about, even if in this case it was unintentional.

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AfricanAssassinAfricanAssassin

Rated 5 / 5 stars

You and me think alike. When I heard her true story, I felt for her. When I heard that she may have had African origins, I was obsessed with her. Could you possibly make her sisters, Euryale and Sthenno?

I read that Medusa was the middle sister, Euryale was the youngest and the loudest, and Sthenno was the eldest and most violent. I'd love a story where they all get revenge.


BrandonP responds:

I would love to draw those other Gorgon characters you mentioned, but the policy I have adopted as an artist is not to do any free requests. I can however do them as a paid commission, if you'd like.