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Medusa was punished for being raped—so why do we still depict her as a monster?

It's time to reassess one of Greek mythology's most famous characters

Illustration: Kate Hazell

What female character gets the worst deal in all of Greek mythology? Is it Helen, called a “bitch” in one translation of the Odyssey, who leaves her husband Menelaus for Paris of Troy, her face thus supposedly launching a thousand ships and a 10-year-long, bloody war?

Nope. Not quite. Is it Pandora, the Eve character of Greek myth, who opens her “box” and lets out all the evils of…

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