Danaë (Myths and Legends of the World)
In Greek mythology Danaë was the daughter of Acrisius, the king of Argos. An told Acrisius that Danaë's son would someday kill him. To prevent the prophecyforetelling of what is to come; also something that is predicted from coming true, Acrisius had his daughter imprisoned in a bronze tower. There the god went to her in a shower of gold, and she became pregnant with a son, the hero Perseus. When Acrisius learned of the baby's birth, he ordered Danaë and her son locked inside a chest and set adrift at sea.
The chest reached the island of Seriphos, where it was discovered by a fisherman named Dictys, whose brother Polydectes was king. Dictys helped Danaë raise her son on the island. When Perseus was grown, Polydectes fell in love with Danaë, but she did not love him in return. Believing that he could pressure Danaë into marrying him if her son were absent, Polydectes sent Perseus on a quest for the head of Medusain Greek mythology, a monster whose hair was made of snakes and whose face turned humans to stone. Some sources say that Danaë went into hiding during Perseus's absence, others that Polydectes locked her away In any event, Danaë resisted Polydectes' advances.
When Perseus returned, he saved Danaë by turning Polydectes to stone with the head of Medusa. Dictys became king, and Danaë...
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