Friday, August 31, 2012

Chrysaor (inspiration for my next drawing)

Birth of Pegasus and Chrysaor from the head of Medusa
In Greek mythology, Chrysaor (Greek Χρυσάωρ, "golden falchion", from χρυσός, gold, and ἄορ, sword, falchion) was a giant, the son of Poseidon and Medusa. He was conceived on the floor of a temple to Athena who, enraged at the desecration, turned Medusa into a Gorgon. As such, Chrysaor and his brother, the winged horse, Pegasus, were not born until Perseus chopped off Medusa's head. They were born from the drops of blood; some say that they sprang from Medusa's neck as Perseus beheaded her, a "higher" birth, like the birth of Athena from the head of Zeus.

Chrysaor had one son, Geryon, from Callirhoe, daughter of Oceanus.

Chrysaor, “Golden Sword” , Medusa's child and the brother of the winged horse Pegasus from the west pediment of the Temple of Artemis on Corcyra (Corfu)
The Faerie Queen
Chrysaor was also the golden sword of Sir Artegal, the Knight of Justice, from Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene. The sword was given to him by Astræa, who had been holding it since the days when Jove used it against the Titans. Because it was "Tempred [sic] with Adamant", it could cleave through anything.