Disturbingly Hippomedon bears the image of the Danaids on his shield at 4.
Whatever the symbolic value that the image of the Danaids has in the Aeneid, it has a much more ominous and terrifying presence in the Thebaid.
Admittedly, the Danaids
will be continuing to try to fill up the leaky barrel.
LEACH, "Hypermestras Querela: Coopting the Danaids
in Horace Ode 3.
First comes the portico, visible from afar, then the statues of the Danaids which one will see as a group from a reasonable distance and then, on coming closer, one will be able to discern the image of Danaus among them.
60) and the Danaids feature notably in Ovid (Amores 2.
Ion on the point of killing his mother, after she has tried to kill him, in Ion; Aerope in Cresphontes trying to kill her sleeping son as that son's supposed murderer); or mistakes which cause actual disaster, subsequently recognized and lamented (Oedipus the King, Trachiniae, Hippolytus, Bacchae); or where suffering is doubled in its impact by being combined with blasphemy (Cassandra stripping off and trampling the prophetic insignia in Agamemnon; her `wedding song' in Troades; the dragging of the Danaids
from the altars in Aeschylus' Suppliant Women; the opening scenes of Heracles).
37 See Hall (Inventing the Barbarian 159) on the threat to the Danaids
by the Egyptian herald to strip and brand them.
In punishment for their crime the Danaids
were condemned to the endless task of filling with water a vessel that had no bottom.
ambush-preparing behavior, such as the Danaids
He then moves on to a discussion of allegory in the Suppliants in which he describes and analyzes the story of the Danaids
As the play opens, the Danaids
(born in Egypt though of Greek descent) have fled with their father to Argos in Greece in order to avoid forced marriage with their cousins, the sons of Aegyptus.
The doors and portico of the Temple of Palatine Apollo, depicting the rescue of Delphi from the Celts and part of the story of the Danaids
, have attracted particular attention.
Putnam, `Virgil's Danaid
Ecphrasis', ICS 19 (1994), 171-89, who, however, takes the ecphrasis ultimately to imply a fairly clear-cut condemnation of Aeneas (and Augustus).