In a late version of the Medusa myth, related by the Roman poet Ovid (Metamorphoses 4.770), Medusa was originally a beautiful maiden, "the jealous aspiration of many suitors," priestess in Athena's temple, but when she was raped by the "Lord of the Sea" Poseidon in Athena's temple, the enraged goddess transformed her beautiful hair to serpents and she made her face so terrible to behold that the mere sight of it would turn a man to stone.
A old draw for Myths & Legends TCG... this pic was a bit more special, cause i LOVE castlevania and more than the myth, forme she is one of the big boss of the game XD,lol, sry... also, is inspired in one of the movie character who scared me the most when i was a kid (lol), the Medusa from Clash of the titans OMFG, i cant take it away from my nightmares XD stop motion rocks over CG.
Photoshop CS/Intuos/7 hours and a half/music: bloody tears-castlevania (haha, sry,when i sit to draw this pic, this song was stucked in my head XD, for every castlevania fan this song is THE SONG!!... btw, castlevania IV is still my favorite on the saga )
Also i heard that Poseidon or whoever fell lin love with her originally loved seeing her eyes so that was how she got her petrifying gaze.
It was Poseidon who lusted over Madusa's eyes and body. She was a priestess or at least a worshipper of Athena, who was jealous of her beauty and her eyes. And after Poseidon raped Medusa in the temple of Athena, where she sought refuge against from the Sea God's advances, the Goddess punished her out of jealousy and for letting Poseidon rape her in her own temple.
At least they give you more liberty in everything than certain current religions I will not name. Plus people of Antic Grece had a waaaaayy different thinking than ours. It was also harsher to live. But the Gods are more like unstoppable natural forces, so it is normal that they don't consider us. But I rather believe in them than in a dead crucified carpenter who tells me I have to join his sect to be saved.