Study Guide

The Birth of Perseus

Introduction

Just like the ancient Greeks, folks today are totally obsessed with superheroes. Seriously, like how much bank has Hollywood been making lately off these comic book movies? Batman, X-Men, Ironman, Superman, Spiderman, the Avengers--the list doesn't stop. We just can't get enough of these stories about mega-powerful people, doing mega-awesome things.

Besides having some extraordinary ability, what's one thing all superheroes have in common? If you guessed, "a crazy origin story," then you're thinking what we're thinking. Superman was hurled from his exploding home planet of Krypton, Batman survived his parents' murder to be trained in Tibet, and Iron Man invented a kick-butt suit after almost being blown up by the bad guys.

In "The Birth of Perseus," we can totally see where today's mythmakers got the idea to give all their heroes awesome beginnings. It seems to us that Perseus' personal beginning holds its own against all his modern competition. You have to admit that being born from a shower of gold that's really a god in disguise is pretty darn impressive. Even Tony Stark would have to admit that it's cool.

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The Birth of Perseus Resources

Movie or TV Productions

Clash of the Titans (1981)
Perseus is all grown up and out to save a Princess in this classic adventure.

Clash of the Titans (2010)
The 1981 classic gets a modern makeover in this recent Hollywood blockbuster.

Wrath of the Titans (2012)
Perseus is at it again in this 2012 sequel to the remake of Clash of the Titans.

Videogames

God of War
Like so many other figures from Greek mythology, Perseus falls to the brutal Kratos in this video game. (Well, if you're any good at this game anyway.)

Videos

Perseus: A History
A bunch history type people give you their version of the birth of Perseus in this video.

Audio

Metamorphoses for Your Lobes
You can listen to all of Ovid's Metamorphoses here, including the part about the later adventures of Perseus.

Books

Perseus: The Hunt for Medusa' s Head
We get a cool flashback to Perseus' miraculous birth in this graphic version of his quest to make Medusa one head shorter.

Perseus by Geraldine McCaughrean
This novelization of the life of Perseus is great for young readers.

Images

A Failed Chaperone
We wonder if the old creepy nurse in this picture was for or against the whole shower of gold business.

A Happy Chaperone
Hmmm, this old nurse seems totally into it.

No Chaperone at All
See what happens when you leave this girl alone! Well, at least he's a god.

Golden Dreams
She looks happy now, but how cool will she be when she wakes up preggers?

Where's the Gold?
Hmm, looks like this shower's a little skimpy on the gold.

A Seaworthy Chest
Yay, Danae and Perseus made it to shore. A word of advice though: the chests in your house probably don't float that well.