Danaidae

Danaidae In Greek mythology, the 50 daughters of Danaus who married the 50 sons of Aegyptus, Danaus’s brother. Among the women were Calaeno, Exato, Eurydice, Glauce, and Hypermnestra. On their wedding night, 49 of the women killed their husbands. As punishment they were condemned to draw water with a sieve in Hades. Only one, Hypermnestra, saved her husband, Lynceus. Aeschylus’s The Suppliant Maidens and Chaucer’s Legend of Good Women draw on the myth.

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Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow
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