Its lair was the lake of Lerna in the Argolid, though archaeology has borne out the myth that the sacred site was older even than the Mycenaean city of Argos since Lerna was the site of myth of the Danaids
. Beneath the waters was an entrance to Underworld, and the Hydra was its guardian.
Similarly, if we have a second thought on the judgment "you are an exile, a needy stranger" (Danaids
There is an intriguing parallel in Aeschylus's Prometheus Bound where Prometheus informs Io that her descendants the Danaids
will flee marriage from would-be husbands whose minds are "aflutter" ([phrase omitted], 856), "hunting for marriages not to be hunted" ([phrase omitted], 858-859).
The search for scientific certainty resembles the trial of the Danaids
of Greek myth, whose fate in the Underworld was to spend eternity pouring water into an unfillable vessel.
When the second agreement was signed, I wrote for this column an article titled "Sisyphus and the Danaids
" (March 4, 2012) in which I compared the Greeks to King Sisyphus and the Danaids
to the Europeans.
Though it is now certain that the temple stood on the south-western slope of the Palatine, the location of the portico of the Danaids
and any detail regarding the artworks that adorned the temple, are shrouded in uncertainty.
However, this does not mean that I have forgotten the warning about the "Danaids
and presents," especially Blaze Koneski's sentence: "Children, we carry a beautiful name, I fear they will take it from us!"
He is bringing to an end a drought in Argos by making water gush from a spring for a nymph, Amymone, one of the 50 Danaids
, whom he had seduced.
The fact that Hypermestra, unlike the test of the Danaids
, refrains from killing her husband may be compared to the individuation acquired by the leader of the dithyramb from the test of the chorus.