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Medusa was the most famous incarnation of the Writhing Dread, and by extension, the gorgons, a type of hybrid beast created by the Isu as part of the Olympos Project. Medusa was originally a human but taken over by an Atlantis artifact known as the Prize of the Medusa, to act as a guardian for it in order to seal the Gates of Atlantis.[1]



In Greek mythology, she was described as having had hair composed of live venomous snakes, wings and a gaze so deadly that all who faced it turned into stone. She was slain by the hero Perseus with a Sword of Eden,[2] a harpe according to legend, given to him by Hermes. Hermes also helped Perseus by giving him winged sandals, and the goddess Athena gave Perseus a bronze shield polished mirror-bright.[3]

After Perseus cut off her head, the winged foal Pegasos sprung from Medusa's neck,[3] along with his brother Chrysaor.[4]

Influence and legacy

In Korinthia, the story of Medusa inspired someone to carve a monumental statue of her grimacing head, known as the Cyclopean Head of Medusa, though later its creation was attributed to the Cyclopes.[5]

It was also said that after Perseus had brought Medusa's head to Argos, the head was found in a mound of earth near Argos' agora.[6]

During the Peloponnesian War, the Spartan misthios Kassandra was asked by the Spartan noblewoman Damia to tell the story of Perseus to her children Danae and Kristos and their friends.[3]

In 47 BCE, the Medjay Bayek of Siwa acquired a rare heavy weapon named after Medusa, owing to her ferocity.[7]

Behind the scenes

The mural depicting Perseus and Medusa in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey is based on a painting on a hydria from the 6th century BCE.

Though the creature fought in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey memory Writhing Dead is in dialogue consistently referred to as the "Writhing Dread", during the battle the creature bears the name "Medusa".[8]




  1. Twitter.png Mel MacCoubrey (@melqartiii) on Twitter "Yeah it's a person that comes in contact with the artifact and then their image manifests as one of the guardians based on which artifact they hold." (screenshot)
  2. Assassin's Creed IIGlyph 5: "Instruments of Power"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Assassin's Creed: OdysseyA Treasury of Legends
  4. Discovery Tour: Ancient GreeceArkadia: The Cattle of Geryon
  5. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyKorinthia: Cyclopean Head of Medusa
  6. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyArgolis: Buried Head of Medusa
  7. Assassin's Creed: Origins
  8. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey

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