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Headword: Danaê
Adler number: delta,57
Translated headword: Danaë
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
A proper name.
The [daughter] of Acrisius. "Go be judged: you are not Danaë the [daughter] of Acrisius."[1]
For when she was responding stubbornly to a lawsuit, a certain wiseguy said to her: "Go be judged: you are not Danaë the daughter of Acrisius. "And this mastered the mind of Danaë"; that is, gold.[2]
The danikon is in currency at great Antioch of Syria; they use it for small transactions.[3]
Greek Original:
Danaê: onoma kurion. hê Akrisiou. krithêti kai su: ouk ei Danaê hê Akrisiou. tautês gar duspeithôs pros tina dikên apantôsês, sophos tis pros autên apephthenxato: krithêti kai su: ouk ei Danaê hê Akrisiou thugatêr. kai Danaês elugôsen hode phrena. toutestin ho chrusos. epichôriazei têi megalêi Antiocheiai tês Surias to danikon, hôiper chrôntai eis mikras pragmateias.
Notes:
[1] Lucian, Demonax 47. The joke is that Akrisios can literally mean "man with bad judgment" or "man who is unjudged"; from alpha 984.
[2] Greek Anthology 5.217.7, quoted from epsilon 919. The allusion is to Zeus visiting Danae (and fathering Perseus) as a shower of gold.
[3] Source unidentifiable. (Adler suggests Symeon Metaphrastes.) The term danikon, found only here (and unrelated to the rest of the entry), is evidently a variant of delta 59.
Keywords: daily life; definition; economics; gender and sexuality; geography; law; mythology; poetry; women
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 20 July 2002@14:17:27.
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