Sunday, 6 July 2014

Andromeda

In Greek mythology, Andromeda was the daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia, king and queen of the north African kingdom of Ethiopia. 
Andromeda



Queen Cassiopeia boasted that her daughter was more beautiful than the Nereides, the nymph daughters of the sea god Nereus and often seen accompanying Poseidon. To punish the queen for her arrogance, Poseidon sent a sea monster name Cetus to ravage the coast of Ethiopia. Trying to save their  kingdom, Cepheus and Cassiopeia consulted a wise oracle, who told them that the only way to get rid of the sea monster was to surrender their virgin daughter, Andromeda, to the sea monster. So Andromeda was stripped naked and chained to a rock on the coast.
Perseus and Andromeda

                         Perseus was returning from having slain the Gorgon Medusa, he saw the princess Andromeda chained to the rock as a sacrifice to a sea monster. Perseus approached sea monster wearing Hades' helmet of invisibility and killed the sea monster. In some versions,  Perseus turn sea monster into stone by Medusa's head.  Perseus set Andromeda free and married her in spite of her having been previously promised to her uncle Phineus. At the wedding a quarrel took place  between the rivals and Phineus was turned to stone by the sight of the Medusa's head.

Perseus and Andromeda

                                                Andromeda followed her husband, first to his native island of Seriphos, where he rescued his mother, Danae and then to Tiryns in Argos. Perseus and Andromeda had seven sons: Perses, Alcaeus, Heleus, Mestor, Sthenelus, Electroyon, and Cynurus- and two daughters: Gorgophone and Autochthe. 




She lived a happy life with Perseus, and after Andromeda's death, the goddess Athena placed her among the constellations in the northern sky, near Perseus and Cassiopeia.

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