Perseus is one of Jupiter’s sons. He is banished from his city by his grandfather, who doesn’t believe he is the son of the god. Perseus flies around on winged sandals, holding the Medusa’s head. When he encounters people who don’t believe he’s a god, he pulls out Medusa’s head and it turns them to stone. One day, he comes across Andromeda hanging from a cliff above a sea-monster and rescues her. Perseus then marries Andromeda. At the wedding, Andromeda’s former fiancé Phineus challenges Perseus to a fight, and the wedding party devolves into war. Perseus ultimately wins the fight and turns Phineus and his companions to stone with Medusa’s head.
Perseus Character Timeline in Metamorphoses
The timeline below shows where the character Perseus appears in Metamorphoses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 4: Perseus (1)
...ruler Acrisius, who denies that Bacchus is Jupiter’s son. Acrisius also denies that his grandson Perseus is Jupiter’s son. Perseus flies around in exile, carrying the head of Medusa—a maiden with... (full context)
Book 5: Perseus (2)
Book 5: Minerva and the Muses