Context of the Perseus and Andromeda myth
Stories that survive the ages must matter. Find out why.
The tale of Perseus is one of the most famous in all Greek mythology. He is thought to be the oldest of all the Greek heroes, coming before Theseus, Heracles, Odysseus, and the rest. His story was recorded by many major Greek historians like Apollodorus and Pausanias. The Roman poet, Ovid, also included a version of Perseus' tale in his famous epic poem The Metamorphoses.
The story of Perseus rescuing Andromeda from the Cetus, a sea monster, has been popular for thousands of years. Over the years, the tale has inspired many famous artists. Paul Rubens, Edward Burne Jones, and Giorgio Vasari and countless others all put their own spin on the subject. (Check out our Photos tab for some examples.)
The story has continued to be popular even today. In 1981, it was turned into a movie called Clash of the Titans, which featured the amazing stop-motion animation of special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen. Clash of the Titans was remade in 2010 starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, and Ralph Fiennes, among other Hollywood stars. These film adaptations definitely aren't true to the original myth, though we find the changes pretty interesting. Be sure to check them out.