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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureMythology & Folklore · 1 decade ago

What did medusa do to deserve her punishment by Athena?

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  • Lory
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    1 decade ago
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    It was a one-sided punishment as Poseidon was just as guilty but Medusa, originally a beautiful young woman whose crowning glory was her magnificent long hair, was desired and courted by many suitors. Yet before she could be betrothed to a husband, Poseidon (Neptune) found her worshipping in the temple of Athena (Minerva) and ravished her. Athena was outraged at her sacred temple being violated, and punished Medusa by turning her beautiful tresses into snakes and giving her the destructive power to turn anyone who looked directly at her into stone.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Medusa was a vestal virgin in the service of Athena, in Athena's temple. She was also exceedingly beautiful and Poseidon wanted her. So, Zeus went to the temple and raped Medusa on Athena's altar.

    In that time rape was considered to also be the woman's fault, and Poseidon was a God, so Athena punished Medusa. Back then it was really "Boys will be Boys". Poseidon had no punishment.

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  • 1 decade ago

    medusa made out with Poseidon in athena's temple, so athena turned medusa into the abomination you know of today.

    Source(s): 5th grade
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  • 1 decade ago

    Nothing. Athena was jealous after Medusa was raped by her husband, Poseidon. She thought she was too good looking or she would not have tempted her husband to rape her.

    No, they didn't make out, she was raped.

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  • 1 decade ago

    i heard..that medusa was the most beautifullest sister of her family..but when she compared her looks to the goddess she bannish medusa snd turned her into what she now is...

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  • 1 decade ago

    This link should answer your question:

    http://www.greekmythology.com/Myths/Creatures/Medu...

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