The legend of Perseus, the Greek hero, begins even before he was born. Disappointed by not being able to conceive a male, King Acrisius of Argos would consult the oracle at Delphi, who says that he will be one day be killed by his grandson. To ensure that this would not happen, Acrisius would imprison his daughter, Danaë, in a chamber open to the sky. While imprisoned, Zeus would come to her in the form of golden rain, thus the divine conception of Perseus. Not wanting to incur the wrath of the Gods by directly killing his heir, Acrisius would cast his daughter and grandson into the sea in a wooden chest. Eventually, the chest would wash up on the island of Seriphos and Perseus would grow into adulthood. Polydectes, the king of the island, would fall in love with Danaë. But Polydectes was less than honorable and Perseus knew so. Plotting to send the future hero away in disgrace, Polydectes would throw a lavish party and request a gift that Perseus could not give. He would instead demand the head of the only mortal Gorgon, Medusa, whose head sprouted serpents and gaze would turn others to stone. This was a task surely no mortal could achieve. But Perseus was no mere mortal. Armed with weapons from Gods, Perseus slayed Medusa, cutting off her head. During Perseus’s voyage back to the island of Seriphos, he would learn of the plight of Andromeda. In the kingdom of Aethiopia, Queen Cassiopeia would boast of her daughter’s beauty, comparing her to the fabled Nereids, the sea nymphs. This incurred the wrath of Poseidon, who sent the creature Cetus to siege the kingdom. To appease the Gods, Andromeda was chained to a rock, to be devoured by the sea monster. But Perseus would slay yet another monster, fall in love, and take the beautiful Andromeda’s hand in marriage. The manners in which Acrisius and Perseus’s prophecy was fulfilled are numerous, some involving chance, all involving fate and its inevitability. In any case, after Acrisius’s death, Perseus would exile himself from Argos and found the kingdom of Mycenae with Andromeda. And after a long and fruitful reign, Perseus would die of old age. To pay tribute to their loyal servant, the Gods would place Perseus in the sky, alongside Andromeda.