A shield features a terrifying Gorgon’s head to project fear and dread onto any assailant.  Elsewhere, that same blank-eyed stare is attributed to the Trojan hero Hector in murderous mode.

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‘And circled in the midst of all was the blank-eyed face of the Gorgon

with her stare of horror, and Fear was inscribed upon it, and Terror.’

 

Source: Homer, The Iliad of Homer, trans. Richmond Lattimore (Chicago: Chicago UP, 1961 (1951)), book 11, p. 235

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