His mother, Danae, is (1) a royal virgin, and his father is (2) King Proetus, who is (3) her uncle. He is also reputed to be (5) the son of Zeus, who (4) visited Danae in a shower of gold. His mother's father (6) tries to kill him at birth, but he is (7) spirited away, and (8) reared by the King of Seriphos. We hear (9) nothing of his childhood, but on teaching manhood he (11) kills his father or uncle, and (13) becomes king. We hear (14) nothing of his reign, and his end is (18) variously reported, though in one version he is killed by his successor. His burial-place is (21) unknown. but he is (22) worshipped at shrines.

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