Perseus

Perseus

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  • Acrisius, the king of Argos, had a beautiful daughter by the name of Danae. Once he was told by the Oracle of Apollo that there would come a day that Danae's son would kill him.
  • To thwart the prophecy, Acrisius imprisoned his daughter in bronze, underground chamber. That way he thought she would never be able to marry, let alone have any offspring. But Zeus spellbound by her beauty, poured down into Danae’s lap transformed in a shower of golden rain and impregnated her.
  • Refusing to believe the story of Danae conceiving a child with the god of thunder, the king locked her daughter and the future hero in a large wooden chest and had the chest thrown into the vicious sea.
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  • Possibly guided by the gods, the chest eventually arrived safely to the island of Seriphos. It so happened that the chest was caught in the fishing nets of the king's brother, Dictys, who not only freed Danae and her son but also offered them a place to live. It is in the modest home of Dictys that Perseus grew up to become a strong young man.
  • The second King Polydectes laid his eyes on Danae, he fell in love with her. He eventually even asked her hand in marriage, but the timid princess repeatedly spurned his advances. But Polydectes resolved to win Danae by any means necessary and his only obstacle was naturally, her son. So, the king devised a cunning plan to get rid of Perseus.
  • Being poor, Perseus could not oblige, so he asked Polydectes to name any other gift. Polydectes commanded to fetch him the head of the Gordon Medusa, fully aware that he may be sending Perseus straight to his death.
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