What the People Behind NYC's Polarizing New Medusa Statue Want You to Know About It

It turns a demonized victim into a victor, but the artist and backers know that not all applaud the metaphor

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While most modern audiences know Medusa as a snake-headed monster with a lethal gaze, her origin story in Greek myth has a theme that’s remained tragically timeless across thousands of years: a victim blamed for the sins of her attacker.

Raped by the sea god Poseidon in a Temple of Athena, Medusa was punished by her own goddess, Ovid’s Metamorphosis tells us. Athena turned Medusa into a terrifying Gorgon with snakes for hair and cursed eyes that could turn anyone to stone.



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