Danaë, The daughter of Acristus, king of Argiues, vnto whon (being closed in a strong tower) Iupiter came in the forme of a showre of golden raine in at the house toppe, and gat on hir Perseus, who was afterwarde a valiaunte knight. Hee gaue the name first to the country and people of Persia. By this fable is signiffed, that Iupiter sent treasure priuilie vnto Danaë, and also to them that had the keping of hir, wherwith they being corrupted, sussred Inpiter to enter into the tower, and accomplish his pleasure. The fable declareth the force of money, and giftes in assaulting of chastitie.
Lewis and Short: Latin dictionary
Dănăē, ēs, f., *dana/h, daughter of Acrisius, and mother of Perseus by Zeus, who visited her in the form of a shower of gold, when she was shut up in a tower by her father, Ter. Eun. 3, 5, 37; Hor. Od. 3, 16, 1 sq.; Serv. Verg. A. 7, 372; Hyg. Fab. 63; Lact. 1, 11, 18; Prop. 2, 20, 12 (3, 13, 12 M.); 2, 32, 59 (3, 30, 59 M.); Ov. Met. 4, 610; id. Tr. 2, 401; Verg. A. 7, 410 al.—Hence, II. Dănăēĭus, a, um, adj., *danah/i+os, pertaining to Danae, descended from Danae: heros, i. e.
, Ov. M. 5, 1; called also volucer Danaeius, Stat. Th. 10, 892; Persis (so named after Perses, the son of Perseus, and ancestor of the Persians), Ov. A. A. 1, 225.