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Khrysaor, son of the Gorgon at the pediment of the Temple of Artemis in Corfu
|Parents||Poseidon and Medusa|
|Children||Geryon and Echidna|
In Greek mythology, Chrysaor (Greek: Χρυσάωρ, Khrysáor, gen.: Χρυσάορος, Khrysáoros; English translation: "He who has a golden sword" (from χρυσός, "golden" and ἄορ, "sword")), the brother of the winged horse Pegasus, was often depicted as a young man, the son of Poseidon and the Gorgon Medusa. Chrysaor and Pegasus were not born until Perseus chopped off Medusa's head.
Medusa, one of the three Gorgon sisters, the most beautiful, and the only mortal one, angered Athena due to either having sex with, or being raped by, Poseidon in the Temple of Athena. Athena punished Medusa by turning her hair into snakes. Some versions of the story state that Athena also cursed her so that a pair of golden wings grew from her head. Chrysaor and Pegasus were said to be born from the drops of Medusa's blood that fell in the sea; others say that they sprang from Medusa's neck as Perseus beheaded her, a "higher" birth (such as the birth of Athena from the head of Zeus). Chrysaor is said to have been king of Iberia.
Chrysaor, married to Callirrhoe, daughter of glorious Oceanus, was father to the triple-headed Geryon, but Geryon was killed by the great strength of Heracles at sea-circled Erytheis beside his own shambling cattle on that day when Heracles drove those broad-faced cattle toward holy Tiryns, when he crossed the stream of Okeanos and had killed Orthos and the oxherd Eurytion out in the gloomy meadow beyond fabulous Oceanos.
In popular culture
In Rick Riordan's The Mark of Athena, Chrysaor struck a deal with the main antagonist, Gaia. He attacks the protagonists along with his crew of dolphin/human hybrids originally created by Dionysus. He, being immortal, does not die, but is driven away by the main characters.
- Smith, William; Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, London (1873). "Chrysaor"
- Ovid; Metamorphoses, (8 AD)
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