Mythology & Beliefs: Hypermnestra In Greek and Roman Mythology, Hypermnestra was the daughter of DanaŘs; refused to kill her husband Lynceus.
Hypermnestra in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
*(upermnh/stra, (a daughter of Thestius and Eurythemis, and
the witie of Oicles, by whom she became the mother of
Amphhiaraus Her tomb was shown at Argos. (Apollod. 1.7.10;
Paus. 2.21.2.) One of the daughters of Danaus was likewise
called Hypermnestra. [LYNCEUS.] - A Dictionary of Greek and
Roman biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.
Hypermnestra in Wikipedia
Hypermnestra (Ancient Greek: Ὑπερμνήστρα), in Greek
mythology, was the daughter of Danaus. Danaus was the twin
brother of Aegyptus and son of Belus. He had fifty
daughters, the Danaides, and Aegyptus had fifty sons.
Aegyptus commanded that his sons marry the Danaides and
Danaus fled to Argos, ruled by King Pelasgus. When Aegyptus
and his sons arrived to take the Danaides, Danaus gave them
to spare the Argives the pain of a battle. However, he
instructed his daughters to kill their husbands on their
wedding night. Forty-nine followed through, but one,
Hypermnestra refused because her husband, Lynceus,
honored her wish to remain a virgin. Danaus was angry with
his disobedient daughter and threw her to the Argive courts.
Aphrodite intervened and saved her. Lynceus later killed
Danaus as revenge for the death of his brothers. Lynceus and
Hypermnestra then began a dynasty of Argive kings (the
Danaan Dynasty), beginning with Abas. In some versions of
the legend, the Danaides were punished in the underworld by
being forced to carry water through a jug with holes, or a
sieve, so the water always leaked out. Hypermnestra,
however, went straight to Elysium. Hypermnestra was also the
daughter of Thestius and Eurythemis. Her sisters are Althaea
and Leda. With her husband Oicles, she had a son named
Amphiaraus, who later took part in the war of the Seven