Study Guide

Perseus and Andromeda

  • Introduction

    Super-powered hero swoops down from the sky just in time to save the beautiful girl from [insert monster or super-villain name here].

    Yeah, you've probably read or seen a story like this before. It's a huge plot element in just about every comic book and comic book movie that there's ever been. Superman has a habit of rescuing Lois Lane, Spiderman is always saving Mary Jane, and Ironman just has to protect Pepper Potts – the list goes on and on. Then there are about a bazillion action-adventure movies out there where the same scenario occurs. Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and King Kong all come to mind. Man, this storyline seems as old as time.

    Is it any surprise, then, that this classic type of story goes back to the time of ancient Greek myth? The tale of Perseus rescuing Andromeda from the sea monster is a story that will never get old. No wonder it directly inspired not one but two Hollywood spectaculars: the 1981 and 2010 versions of Clash of the Titans.

    • Best of the Web

      Perseus and Andromeda Resources

      Websites

      Theoi
      A great site for all things ancient Greek. We're linking to the page specifically about Perseus and Andromeda.

      Movies

      Clash of the Titans (1981)
      The 1980s take on the myth of Perseus. The old-fashioned animation is kind of awesome.

      Clash of the Titans (2010)
      The most recent Hollywood production loosely based on the story of Perseus. The cast includes Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and Gemma Arterton. (Spoiler: The ending of this movie is pretty different from the original myth.)

      Video Games

      Clash of the Titans
      The video game version.

      God of War
      Perseus and Andromeda show up in the God of War video games.

      Historical Documents

      Hesiod, Apollodorus, Ovid, and more…
      Check out the sources where we got the myth from.

      Videos

      Release the Kraken!
      The 1981 film version of the ultimate battle. You absolutely must see these special effects.

      Release the Kraken… Again!
      Here's the 2010 version of the biggest, baddest sea monster of them all.

      Cassiopeia vs. Andromeda
      Get a glimpse of the updated Andromeda as her mom offends the gods. This clip comes from the 2010 Clash of the Titans.

      Andromeda Galaxy
      NASA takes you on a tour of the galaxy named for our damsel in distress.

      Books

      Perseus: The Hunt for Medusa's Head
      A graphic novel version of the tale.

      Perseus by Geraldine McCaughrean
      A novelization of the Greek myth that fleshes out Perseus' story for young readers.