CONFLICT: Draco threatens Perseus TERRIFYING: Jason Flemyng as Acrisius
HEROIC: Sam Worthington as Perseus
Referring to specific tales, "Atalanta's Race," "The Man Born to be King," "The Story of Cupid and Psyche," "The Doom of King Acrisius
," and the episode of Danae and the shower of gold, Pater continues: "[These tales] have in a pre-eminent degree what is characteristic of the whole book, the loveliness of things newly washed with fresh water; and this clarity and chasteness, mere qualities here of an exquisite art, remind one that the effectual preserver of all purity is perfect taste.
373 that he is descended from Inachus and Acrisius
, and the earlier reference is recalled both by the presence of Inachus on the shield (as Io's father), and by the designation of Turnus' followers as `Argive youth', immediately after the ecphrasis in 794.
Perseus was the son of Zeus and Danae, the daughter of Acrisius
On the sons, Proetus and Acrisius
, as inventors of shields, see Apollodorus 2.
Epics relate that he was the son of Zeus by Danae, daughter of King Acrisius
TERRIFYING: Jason Flemyng as Acrisius
CONFLICT: Draco threatens Perseus STONE COLD: Evil Medusa attacks Ixas HEROIC: Sam Worthington as ROIC: rthington Perseus
He quarreled with his brother Acrisius
and divided the kingdom with him, Proetus taking Tiryns, which he fortified.
Twins, as the closest type of fraternal relationship, may symbolize the danger most sharply: Acrisius
and Proetius quarrelled while still in the womb, and resolved their quarrel by fighting when they grew up (thus becoming the inventors of the shield: Apollodorus, ed.
An oracle declared that Danae would give birth to a son who would kill him, so Acrisius
kept his daughter shut up in a brazen tower.
Rounding out the cast is Gemma Arterton ("Quantum of Solace") as Io, Perseus' mysterious spiritual guide throughout his journey; Mads Mikkelsen ("Casino Royale") as Draco, who takes up his sword to join Perseus' quest; Jason Flemyng ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") as Acrisius
, a one-time king-turned-hideous beast; and Alexa Davalos ("Defiance") as Andromeda, a princess doomed to lose her life if Perseus does not succeed.