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[134] Angue Medusa. Medusa was the daughter of Phorcus, and remarkable for the beauty of her hair. Neptune, falling in love with her, deflowered her in the temple of Minerva. The goddess, provoked by the impiety of defiling a place sacred to her, changed her hair into snakes, and all that looked upon her into stones. Various are the fictions of the poets on this subject: they tell us, that her head was at last cut off by Perseus, who surprised her while the snakes were asleep.-- Medusa comis nondum nexis angue: 'Medusa, her hair not yet turned into snakes:' for this happened not till after her being compressed by Neptune.

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