Danaë


Dan·aë

noun \ˈda-nə-ˌē\

Definition of DANAË

:  a princess of Argos visited by Zeus in the form of a shower of gold and by him the mother of Perseus

Origin of DANAË

Latin, from Greek Danaē
First Known Use: 1562

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Danaë

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Greek legend, the daughter of Acrisius, king of Argos. After an oracle warned her father that she would bear a son by whom he would be slain, he confined Danaë in a tower. Zeus visited her in the form of a shower of gold, and she gave birth to Perseus. Mother and child were then placed in a wooden box and cast into the sea, and they drifted ashore on the island of Seriphus. Perseus grew up there, and when the island's king, Polydectes, desired Danaë, he sent the young hero off in pursuit of the Medusa. Perseus later rescued his mother and took her to Argos.

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