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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Dana’ides (4 syl.).
Daughters of Dan’aos (King of Argos). They were fifty in number, and married the fifty sons of Ægyptos. They all but one murdered their husbands on their wedding-night, and were punished in the infernal regions by having to draw water everlastingly in sieves from a deep well.   1
   This is an allegory. The followers of Dan’aos taught the Argives to dig wells, and irrigate their fields in the Egyptian manner. As the soil of Argos was very dry and porous, it was like a sieve.   2
   The names of the fifty Danaïds and their respective husbands are as follows:   3
Actæawife of Per’iphas.
Adianta” Daïph’ron.
Adyta” Menal’cs.
Aga’v” Lycos.
Amymon’” Encel’ados.
Anaxib’ia” Archela’os.
Antod’ica” Clytos.
Aster’ia” Chœtos.
Autho’lea” Cisseus.
Autom’ata” Archite’los.
Auton’o” Euryl’ochos.
Bry’cea” Chthon’ios.
Caliid’io” Pandi’on.
Cele’no” Hyxo’bios.
Chrysip’p” Chrysip’pos.
Chrysoth’emis” As’teris.
Cleodo’ra” Lixos.
Cleopat’ra” Age’nor.
Cli’o” Aster’ias.
Critome’dia” Antipaph’os.
Damo’n” Amyn’tor.
Dioxip’p” Ægyptos.
Electra” Peris’thens.
Er’ato” Bro’mios.
Euphe’no” Hyper’bios.
Euryd’ic” Dryas.
Evip’p” Imbros.
Glauca” Alcis.
Glaucip’pa” Pot’amon.
Gorga” Hyppoth’oa.
Gorg’ophon” Pro’teus.
Hel’cita” Cassos.
Hippodami’a” Ister.
Hippod’ica” Idras.
Hippomedu’s” Alcme’non.
Hyperip’pa” Hippocoris’ts.
Hypermnes’tra” Lynceus.*
Iphimedu’sa” Euche’nor.
Mnestra” Egi’os.
Ocyp’et” Lampos.
Oi’m” Arbe’los.
Phart” Euryd’amas.
Pilar’ga” Idmon.
Pire’n” Agaptole’mos.
Podar’ca” Œ’neus.
Rhoda” Hippol’ytos.
Rho’dia” Chalce’don.
Sthen’ela” Sthen’elos.
Stygna” Polyc’tor.
Thea’no” Phanths.
   Lynceus (2 syl.), the one saved by his wife, is marked with an asterisk (*).   4



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