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Lecture22 - Classical Mythology Lecture 22 Acrisius and...

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Unformatted text preview: Classical Mythology Lecture 22 Acrisius and Proetus • Sons of Abas, quarrel already in womb • Proetus king at Tiryns, Acrisius at Argos – Proetus’ wife falsely accused Bellerophontes Acrisius and Danae • A. has d. Danae; asks at Delphi about a male child • Response: he will not have one, but Danae’s will cause his death • Underground bronze chamber constructed for D. and nurse • Zeus enters through roof as shower of gold – Reveals himself, has intercourse with D. (Soph. Antigone 944-50) Danae: 500-450 Danae and Perseus • Child Perseus brought up by D. and nurse • At age of 3 or 4, Acrisius hears P. while playing • Nurse executed • D. and P. taken to Zeus’ altar – D. asked about parentage; A. doesn’t believe Danae and Perseus • D. and P. put to sea shut up in a chest • Dictys, fishing with a net on island of Seriphus, catches the chest • Opens the chest, takes D. and P. home, treats them as his family – In poetry, e.g. Simonides (6th/5th century BCE) c. 490c....
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