Characters From Greek Mythology
Nationality: Argos
Religion: Greek pantheon
Occupation: Princess
Parents: Acrisius of Argos and Eurydice of Sparta
Children: Perseus
Turtledove Appearances:
"Myth Manners' Guide to Greek Missology"
Satirical Fantasy
Type of Appearance: Direct

Danaë (Greek: Δανάη) was the only child of King Acrisius of Argos and his wife Queen Eurydice. Acrisius was told by the Delphic oracle that Danaë would have a son who would kill him. Acrisius thus shut his daughter up in solitary confinement in the palace. However, Zeus, the king of the gods, came to her in the form of golden rain which conceived Perseus. Acrisius then abandoned Danaë and Perseus into the Mediterranean Sea in a wooden chest. They were washed ashore on the island of Seriphos, where Perseus grew up to embark on a career of heroism.

Danaë in "Myth Manners' Guide to Greek Missology"[]

It was prophesied that Danaë would have a son who would kill her father King Acrisius, so the King grounded her for life to prevent her from conceiving. However, he underestimated the scheming of Zeus, who transformed himself into "Mr. Shower of Gold" and impregnated her with Perseus. Andromeda rescued the young man from Acrisius' wrath and married him. At the wedding, Danaë got into an argument with Zeus' wife Hera, but the two soon found a common grievance in Zeus' continued misbehavior, had a good cry, and became the best of friends.[1]


  1. See, e.g., Counting Up, Counting Down, p. 281-285.