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Correction

by SusanBatten, April 14, 2015

In Ovid's version, Perseus does *not* use the head of Medusa to kill the sea monster. After flying up and stabbing it in the shoulder, he then swoops down to a rock and stabs it repeatedly: "His left hand on a ridge, and with his sword stabbed time and time again the monster's groin" (IV.732 -- 33). Immediately after, Andromeda is released and they marry. This conflicts with the analysis, also, that he's not brave or heroic enough to face the creature using his own arms rather than just the Gorgon's head.