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One of two sons of Hypermnestra and Lynkeus, Akrisios and his brother Proetos were fierce rivals from an early age; they did, in fact, hate each other, so much so that, when they were both grown, Proetos fled to Lycia, while Akrisios stayed in Argos. However, having no heir to the throne bothered him, and he consulted the famous and wise Oracle of Delphiprophesized that he would have a daughter, who would bear him a son who in turn would slay his grandfather, and rule in his stead. This daughter, Danae, was imprisoned by Akrisios in an underground chamber, in an effort to stay the prophecy, but Zeus found his way to her as a golden shower, she became pregnant and bore a son, who was called Perseus.

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