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Before Medusa gained her powers she was very outgoing and caring. But since Athena gave Medusa her destructive powers she became cold, ruthless and merciless, as shown by her sadistic pleasure in adding victims to her stone garden. She cleverly leads her future victims into her casual garden in order to make use of her powerful glare. In the past, Medusa was a gorgeous woman with beautiful hair who was courted by many suitors and even dated the god Poseidon. However, the goddess Athena eventually cursed her by transforming her into a Gorgon. Eventually, she was slain by the hero Persues, but much like all monsters of ancient Greece, she could not truly die, and was restored after a century of imprisonment in the Underworld.
Medusa's story is a Greek legend. You need to know before you start reading that all Greek legends have connections to all other Greek legends. This page mentions creatures and connections that aren't explained, because if I tried, the page would go on forever. This is just a summary, and I'm not even covering all the versions of this story, only the version which is illustrated on ancient coins.
The user submitted story below is similar to one version of the Medusa myth. The more common version is by the Roman poet Ovid. You can find out more about this here. She lived in a place called Athens in Greece.