Medusa was one of the Gorgons. She was the only one of them who was mortal. Medusa was once a beautiful woman, but was turned into a monster by the goddess Athena because of Medusa's great vanity. Instead of hair, Medusa had a head covered in snakes, and all who looked at her turned immediately into stone. Like her sisters, she had wings on her back and had brass teeth and claws. She was killed by the Greek hero Perseus. The winged horse Pegasus sprung from her decapitated trunk. Medusa's head is mounted on Athena's shield.

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