200px-Danaïdes tuant leurs maris BnF Français 874 fol. 170v

Hyperippe (Danaid) and the other Danaids killing their husbands on their wedding night

Hyperippe was one of the fifty daughters of Danaus who took part in the mass wedding of the fifty daughters of Danaus to the fifty sons of Danaus' twin brother King Aigyptos.  Hyperippe was wed to Hippokorystes.  The night of the wedding she and all her sisters and half-sisters (with the exception of Hypermnestra) killed her husband.


King Danaus & Krino

Spouse & Lovers



When Hyperippe and the other Danaids who had murdered their husbands they were sent to Tartarus and were forced to carry water from the river Styx in a bowls (or jars according to some) with holes over to a tub which leaks at multiple parts. Hyperippe and the others were told only when they filled the tub could they wash away their sins. The Danaids continue this essentially impossible task to this very day.

Ancient Text

"...Pandion got Callidice; Arbelus got Oime; Hyperbius got Celaeno; Hippocorystes got Hyperippe; the mother of these men was Hephaestine, and the mother of these damsels was Crino."