In Greek mythology, Medusa was one of three sisters, known as the Gorgons, who hailed from the African continent (which the Greeks called “Libya”). She was originally a very beautiful maiden who fell victim to the sea god Poseidon’s sexual violence in a temple to Athena. In a senseless and appalling example of rape culture at work, Athena punished not Poseidon but Medusa, transforming her into a snake-haired monster so hideous that men would turn to stone upon the mere sight of her. Poor Medusa never found justice. Instead her fate was for the demigod Perseus to slay her and use her severed head as a weapon.
Honestly, Medusa’s story is one of the saddest Greek tragedies I’ve ever read about, even if in this case it was unintentional.