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Pronunciation : a-KRISS-ee-us

(Greek Mortal) ACRISIUS

The King of Argos, son of Abas and Aglaea, and brother of Proteus.

Acrisius and Proetus were twins but hated each other. They even quarelled in their mothers womb and when Abas died Acrisius took control of the kingdom and couldn't wait to kick kis brother out.

An oracles prediction rained on his parade when it told him he would die at the hands of a grandson so he locked his daughter Danae in a tower in an attempt to cheat fate.

But a piddly little tower was never going to stop Zeus from sowing his wild oats and he visited Danae in the form of a golden shower. Nine months later the cries from baby Perseus filled the kingdom and Acrisius was mortified.

Acrisius was never shy of making the tough decisions, the more dispicable the better, so it was easy for him to throw mother and son into a wooden casket, nail it shut, chain it, padlock it and throw it into the sea. Even Harry Houdini would have struggled to escape, but hey, a kingdom was at stake!

Luckily, Zeus was watching and divine intervention saw them washed ashore on the island of Seriphos.

See Perseus.
Family Tree ...
Parents : Abas and Aglaea
Spouse : Don't know, sorry
Offspring : Perseus
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'ACRISIUS' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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