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The only one of the three Gorgons who was mortal, the sight of her head was so terrible that even after her death anyone who saw it was turned to stone. With the help of the gods, she was killed by Perseus; the winged horses Pegasus and Chrysaor sprang from her blood as it was shed. Her name is used allusively with reference to her snaky hair and stony gaze.

Subjects: Religion — Classical Studies.

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