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Seriphos  (sur-AYE-fus)

Island in the Aegean Sea. When King Acrisius of Argos was warned by an oracle that his own grandson would kill him, he cast his daughter and her infant son Perseus adrift at sea in a chest of bronze. This unlikely vessel washed ashore on Seriphos, where a fisherman named Dictys gave shelter to its passengers. He was ultimately rewarded for this kindness when he succeeded Polydectes as king of the island.
A metal chest, such as the one in which Danae and Perseus washed up on the beach at Seriphos. (zoom)