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In Greek mythology, Eurydice (/jʊəˈrɪdɪsi/; Ancient Greek: Εὐρυδίκη , Eurydikē "wide justice", derived from ευρυς eurys "wide" and δικη dike "justice) was an Argive queen as the wife of Acrisius, king of Argos. She was the mother of Danaë and therefore maternal grandmother to Perseus. Her other daughter was possibly, Evarete, wife of Oenomaus, king of Pisa in Elis.[1] Eurydice was said to have been a daughter of Lacedaemon and Sparta, the legendary founders of Sparta and thus, sister to Amyclas, king of Lacedaemonia.[2] In some accounts, the wife of Acrisius was called Aganippe.[3][4]

Argive genealogyEdit


  1. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 84
  2. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 2.2.2
  3. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 63
  4. ^ Scholiast, ad Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica iv.1091


  • Gaius Julius Hyginus, Fabulae from The Myths of Hyginus translated and edited by Mary Grant. University of Kansas Publications in Humanistic Studies. Online version at the Topos Text Project.
  • Grimal, Pierre, The Dictionary of Classical Mythology, Wiley-Blackwell, 1996, ISBN 978-0-631-20102-1. "Eurydice" (2), p. 157.
  • Pseudo-Apollodorus, The Library with an English Translation by Sir James George Frazer, F.B.A., F.R.S. in 2 Volumes, Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1921. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library. Greek text available from the same website.