The Danaides22-01-2013 21:08Danaos and his twin brother Aigyptos, are descendants of the bloodline of Io and Zeus, sons of Belos and Anchinoe. Aigyptos was the ruler of Egypt, while his brother Danaos in Libya. Both of the brothers fathered large families by many different women, Aigyptos had fifty sons and Danaos had fifty daughters known as the Danaides.
As it was common for the royal families, Aigyptos was determined to marry his sons to his nieces, the Danaides but Danaos was not reluctant to do so, as this would mean that his family would be absorbed into his brother’s family and his power would be weakened.
Danaos received an oracle that he would be killed by one of the sons of his brother if they ever get married to his daughters. In order to escape from his problems, Danaos built a large ship and sailed with the Danaides far from Egypt, as goddess Athena has suggested him to do. Their destination was Argos, the land of their ancestors. Danaos and Danaides, is said to have stopped off at the island of Rhodes, at Lindos where they founded a temple dedicated to Athena for she had offered them her help.
By the time they arrived at Argos, Gelanor was the legitimate king of the throne, but after interpretation of an incident of a wolf killing a bull, the people of Argos gave the throne to the newcomer Danaos. The sons of Aigyptos were determined to marry the Danaides so they soon came after them in Argos. Danaos had no choice but to pretend he agrees to his brother’s intentions, but he secretly has instructed his daughters to kill their husbands while they were asleep on their wedding-night.
Danaides all obeyed their father but two of them, Hypermnestra who spared her husband Lynkeus and Amymone who was unable to marry, having become pregnant beforehand by god Poseidon and bearing a son, Nauplios who founded the city of Nauplion of Argolic Gulf.
Despite the shameless crime the Danaides have committed, Athena and Hermes purified them from their crime at the order of Zeus. Danaos, after that married them by giving them as a prize to the winners of an athletic contest.
However, the Danaides were punished forever in the underworld of the deads by being forced to accomplish an impossible task. They had to carry water with a jug to fill a leaky tub to wash their sins off. As the tub could not hold the water, they would never fill it and they would never stop fetcing water.
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