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The Danaides by John William Waterhouse

Phartis was one of fifty daughters of King Danaus.  She was married off to Eurydamas in the mass marriage of the daughters of Danaus to the sons of King Aigyptos.  The night of their marriage she killed her husband with a dagger given to her by her father just as her sisters and half-sisters with the exception of Hypermnestra did to their respective husbands.


When Phartis 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. Phartis 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.


King Danaus & An Ethiopian Woman .

Ancient Text

Agaptolemus got Pirene; Cercetes got Dorium; Eurydamas got Phartis; Aegius got Mnestra; Argius got Evippe; Archelaus got Anaxibia; Menemachus got Nelo. These seven sons were begotten on a Phoenician woman, and the maidens on an Ethiopian woman