The Gorgones, or Gorgons, were three very powerful, winged-daemons named: Medousa (Medusa), Sthenno and Euryale.
Medusa, originally a beautiful young woman whose crowning glory was her magnificent long hair. She was desired and courted by many suitors. Yet before she could be betrothed to a husband, Poseidon (Neptune) found her worshipping in the temple of Athena (Minerva) and ravished her. Athena was outraged at her sacred temple being violated, and punished Medusa by turning her beautiful tresses into snakes and giving her the destructive power to turn anyone who looked directly at her into stone.
Medousa was the only mortal one of the three sisters. King Polydektes of Seriphos commanded Perseus to fetch her head as ransom for his mother Danae. The hero did this with the help of the gods who gave him with a reflective shield, curved sword, winged boots and helm of invisibility. Perseus slew Medousa and decapitated her. As he did so, two creatures sprang forth – the winged horse Pegasos and the giant Khrysaor. Perseus then fled with the Gorgon’s head in a sack. After a series of adventures, Perseus presented the head of serpents to Athena.