Acrisius (lacking judgment) In Greek mythology, king of Argos, son of Abas and Aglaia; great-grandson of Danaus; and brother of Proteus. After an oracle told Acrisius that a son of his daughter Danaë would kill him,
Acrisius shut her up in a tower, but Zeus came to her as a shower of gold (urine), and she bore a son named Perseus. When Perseus grew up, he went with his mother to seek Acrisius, who had fled from Argos, fearing the truth of the oracle. Perseus found Acrisius at Larissa in Thessaly and killed him unawares with a discus. His tale is told in Ovid’s Metamorphoses (book 4).


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