Danaë

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Danaë

(dăn`āē), in Greek legend, daughter of Acrisius. When it was prophesied that Danaë's son would kill Acrisius, her father imprisoned her in a bronze tower. However, Zeus came to her in the form of a shower of gold, and she bore him a son, PerseusPerseus
, in Greek mythology, son of Zeus and Danaë. His grandfather, Acrisius, had been warned by an oracle that his grandson would kill him and therefore put Perseus and his mother in a chest and threw it into the sea.
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. Acrisius put Danaë and Perseus into a chest and threw them into the sea, but they floated safely to land and the prophecy was eventually fulfilled.
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Danaë

 

in Greek mythology, the daughter of Acrisius, king of Argos, and the mother of Perseus. According to the myth, it was prophesied to Acrisius that he would die at the hands of his grandson, so he imprisoned Danaé in a brazen tower, which no mortal could penetrate. Zeus entered the tower in the form of a shower of gold, and Danaé bore his son Perseus. The myth of Danaé was the subject of many works of Renaissance art (Coreggio, Titian, Rembrandt, and others).

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