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Pseudo-Plato, Axiochos 371e – Platonis Opera, v. 5, ed J. Burnet. Oxford 1910.

Greek Text

Ovid, Ibis 177-78

and the Belides who always bear water-jars on their shoulders,

that savage crowd, the daughters-in-law of exiled Aegyptos.  Latin Text

Ovid, Ibis 355-56

or such a wife as the daughters of Belus, who dared to plan

their cousins’ deaths, whose necks bow, carrying water.  Latin Text

Munich, Antikensam Hesiodmlungen 1493: Attic black-figure neck-amphora with Psychai (or Danaides?) in Hades, with Sisyphos

F. Inghirami, Pitture di vasi etruschi (Band 2, 1853), pl. 135

Beazley Archive Pottery Database

Loukianos, Dialogi Marini (Dialogues of the Sea-gods) 8 (6)

Triton: There is a girl who comes to Lerna for water every day–ever such a pretty little thing. I don’t know that I ever saw a prettier girl.

Poseodon: Free, do you say, Triton, or a serving water-girl?

Triton: No servant, but a daughter of that Egyptian. She is another of those fifty sisters, and is called Amymone. I asked after her name and family. Danaus brings up his daughters the hard way, and teaches them to fend for themselves, sending them for water and training them not to shirk hard work.  Greek Text

Propertius, Carmina (Elegies) 2.26.45-50

Neptune matches his brother Jove in loving. Amymone’s a witness, taken in the fields, seeking water, Lerna’s marshes struck by the trident. The god redeemed his pledge for that embrace, and the golden urn poured out a celestial stream.  Latin Text

Loukianos, Dialogi Marini (Dialogues of the Sea-gods) 8 (6)

See above

Apollodoros, Bibliotheke (Library) 2.1.4

Danaus sent his daughters to draw water. One of them, Amymone, in her search for water threw a dart at a deer and hit a sleeping satyr, and he, starting up, desired to force her; but Poseidon appearing on the scene, the satyr fled, and Amymone lay with Poseidon, and he revealed to her the springs at LernaGreek Text

Pherekydes 3F4 – Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker 1, p. 60, ed. F. Jacoby. 2d ed. Leiden 1957.

SCHOL. APOLL. RHOD. IV 1091: Since Diktys and Polydektes were sons of Androthoe, daughter of Perikastor and Peristhenes son of Damastor son of Nauplios son of Poseidon and Amymone, as Pherekydes says in the first book. (Transl. Silvio Curtis)  Greek Text

Pindar, Pythian 9.112-14

But her father … heard how Danaus once in Argos had found for his forty-eight daughters, before noon overtook them, a very swift marriage. For right away he stood the whole band of suitors at the end of a courseGreek Text

Euripides, Phoinissai (Phoinician Women) 185-89

This is the man who says he will give the Theban girls as captives of his spear to the women of Mycenae, to Lerna‘s trident, and the waters of Amymone, dear to Poseidon, when he has them enslaved.  Greek Text

Apollodoros, Bibliotheke (Library) 2.1.4

See above

Hyginus, Fabulae 169a

AMYMONE Amymone, daughter of Danaus, was sent by her father to get water for performing sacred rites. While hunting for it, she grew weary and fell asleep. A satyr tried to seduce her, but she implored the help of Neptune. When Neptune had hurled his trident at the satyr, it became fixed in a rock. Neptune drove off the satyr. When he asked the girl what she was doing in this lonely place she said she had been sent by her father to get water. Neptune lay with her, and in return he did her a favour, bidding her draw out his trident from the rock. She drew it out and three streams of water flowed, which were called the Amymonian Spring from her name. From the embrace Nauplius was born. The fountain, however, later was called the Fountain of Lerna.  Latin Text

Aischylos, Amymone fr 13 R – Tragicorum Graecorum Fragmenta 3, p. 132, ed. S. L. Radt. Göttingen 1985.

It is fated for me to marry, and for you to be married  (Transl. T. Gantz)

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