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(Περσεύς; Perseús).

[1] Son of Danae and Zeus, Argive hero

[German version]

I. Mythology

Son of Danae and Zeus, who impregnates her in the form of a shower of gold; grandson of Acrisius, the king of Argos, and Eurydice. Because of an oracle predicting that the son of his daughter will kill him, Acrisius sets Danae and P. adrift at sea in a chest. Mother and son are washed ashore in Seriphus and found and taken in by Dictys [1]. When Polydectes, the brother of Dictys and king of Seriphus, wishes to…

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Käppel, Lutz (Kiel), Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen) and Günther, Linda-Marie (Munich), “Perseus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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