There are different stories how Medusa turned out to be the woman she was …
Some say she was born a monster already, some say she was a beautiful girl that was turned into a monster by Athena, because she caught Medusa and Poseidon together by one of her temples …
From that point on Medusa’s hair was turned into snakes and her onlookers would be turned immediately into stone.
Anyway – most seem to agree on her end:
Perseus was able to defeat her because of the mirrored shield he received from Athena. He didn’t have to look directly at Medusa, who was pregnant from Poseidon at that time and slayed her.
When Perseus beheaded her Pegasus (the winged horse) and Chryasor sprang from her body … (so her children)
This bronce sculpture depicting Medusa’s end was created by Benvenuto Cellini almost 500 years ago and stands on Florence’s Piazza della Signoria in Italy.