- Classical Mythology. a hero, the son of Zeus and Danaë, who slew the Gorgon Medusa, and afterward saved Andromeda from a sea monster.
- Astronomy. a northern constellation between Cassiopeia and Taurus, containing the variable star Algol.
Examples from the Web for perseus
Reprinted courtesy of Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group.The Night the SEALS Captured the Butcher of Fallujah
November 11, 2013
Sam Worthington brought a new machismo to the role of Perseus, once played with androgynous flare by Harry Hamlin.The Highest-Grossing Films of the Year
December 26, 2010
The folks at Perseus Books Group crash-published Book: The Sequel in a 48-hour frenzy at Book Expo America this year.Publishing: The Sequel
The Daily Beast
May 30, 2009
Excerpted by arrangement with PublicAffairs, a member of the Perseus Books Group.The Lighter Side of Islam
May 6, 2009
In fact, the stick seemed to be alive in his hand, and to lend some of its life to Perseus.
"I told you she would be the first to discover them," said Quicksilver to Perseus.
Perseus was the son of Danae, who was the daughter of a king.
Finally, our brave Perseus arrived at the island, where he expected to see his dear mother.
In Hartland's "Legend of Perseus" a collection of variants of this story will be found.The Evolution of the Dragon
G. Elliot Smith
- Greek myth a son of Zeus and Danaë, who with Athena's help slew the Gorgon Medusa and rescued Andromeda from a sea monster
- a conspicuous constellation in the N hemisphere lying between Auriga and Cassiopeia and crossed by the Milky Way. It contains the eclipsing binary, Algol, and a rich cluster of galaxies
Word Origin and History for perseus
son of Zeus and Danaë, slayer of Medusa, from Greek Perseus, of unknown origin.
- A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Andromeda and Auriga.
A hero of classical mythology who killed the Gorgon Medusa. The god Hermes and goddess Athena helped him in this brave deed by giving him winged shoes, a magical sword, and a polished shield. With the help of these, he swooped down on Medusa from the air, used the shield as a mirror, and cut off her head without looking at it directly — for anyone who looked at a Gorgon turned to stone.