Amymone | Daughter of Danaus

Amymone Greek Mythology

In Greek Mythology, Amimone, ("blameless"), is one of the fifty daughters of Dânao, and one of the Danoids. Her mother's name was Europa, a queen, and her sisters (by father and mother) were Automate, Agave, and Aesceas.

She is sometimes identified with Hypernestra ("great marriage"). Pseudo-Apolodorus and Hyginus, however, mention both in their lists of Dânao's daughters.

Argos suffered a drought, because Poseidon had dried up the wells after Inachus had testified that the land belonged to Hera. Dânao sent his daughters to bring water or, according to Hyginus, he sent Amimone to bring water for the sacred ritual. During their quest, Amimone grew tired and slept, and was attacked by a satyr who tried to rape her.

Or she threw a dart at a deer and hit a sleeping satyr, and the latter tried to rape her. She then asked for help from Posidon, who appeared and hit the satyr with his trident. The latter, to seduce and possess her, made a fountain of water gush out with his trident, forming a lake called Lerna, or first she lay with the god, and then he showed her the springs of Lerna. From this union Nauplius was born.

She married *Midanus, or Enceladus at the feast at which the fifty sons of Egypt married the fifty daughters of Dânao, Egypt's brother, and, together with forty-nine of her sisters, killed her husband; only Hypermnestra spared her husband Linceu.

After Dânao's death, his daughters married men from Argos.