Gorgons are hideous, grotesque monsters that were the daughters of Phorkys and Keto. The gorgons were once beautiful women called Stheno, Euryale and the most beautiful of them all, Medusa. The two older sisters were immortal but Medusa was mortal.
Poseidon was in love with Medusa and tried to make her love him in the temple of Athena. In anger Athena transformed the gorgons into evil monsters with faces so hideous that all who gazed upon them was turned to stone. Medusa was by far the most ugly of them all and could turn people to stone. The gorgons had venomous snakes for hair, copper hands, bronze claws, golden bat wings and scaly skin.