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Dana

Dana d?n?? [key], in Greek legend, daughter of Acrisius. When it was prophesied that Dana's son would kill Acrisius, her father imprisoned her in a bronze tower. However, Zeus came to her in the form of a shower of gold, and she bore him a son, Perseus. Acrisius put Dana and Perseus into a chest and threw them into the sea, but they floated safely to land and the prophecy was eventually fulfilled.

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