For example, an image of a Gorgon holds the primary location at the pediment of the temple at Corfu. High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Traditionally, while two of the Gorgons were immortal, Stheno and Euryale, their sister Medusa was not, and was slain by the mythical hero Perseus. It derives from the Greek word gorgos, which means "dreadful. " While descriptions of Gorgons vary across Greek literature, the term commonly refers to any of three sisters who had hair of living, venomous snakes, and a horrifying gaze that turned those who beheld it to stone. It is the oldest stone pediment in Greece and is dated to c. 600 BC. In Greek mythology, the Gorgon was a terrifying female creature. Gorgons were a popular image of Greek mythology, appearing in the earliest of written records of Ancient Greek religious beliefs such as those of Homer. Because of their legendary gaze, images of the Gorgons were put upon objects and buildings for protection.
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