Andromeda - Ἀνδρομέδη



Statue of Andromeda
Statue of Andromeda
Andromeda Constellation
Andromeda Constellation









Andromeda was the daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia, King and Queen of Ethiopia. Cassiopeia boasted about Andromeda's beauty and even went to the length to say she was more beautiful than the Nereids, the nymph daughters of Nereus who is usually with Poseidon. For revenge and anger, Poseidon, Zuse's brother and God of Sea, sent a whale and a flood towards them to plague the land of her and her parents. Cepheus, Andromeda's father, was desperate and consulted the Oracle of Ammon to see what he should do. He was told that he could please the gods by putting Andromeda for sacrifice. He did so after much pushing from his country and chained Andromeda to a rock by the sea naked. A while later, Perseus happened to be coming home from killing the Gorgon Medusa. He found Andromeda and quickly killed the Cetus, a sea monster, attacking and turning it to stone. He quickly let Andromeda free and soon married her even though she was promised to her Uncle Phineus. At the wedding, Perseus and Phineus got into a large quarrel. It ended in Perseus turning Phineus to stone by the showing of the head of Medusa. In this matter, is how Andromeda had fully decided to stay with Perseus. Perseus and Andromeda soon after went to Tiryns in Argos where they had seven sons and one daughter. Soon they became ancestors to the family, Persaide, through one of their seven sons. They soon founded the city Mycenae and their descendants ruled the city for many years. After Andromeda's death Athena placed a constellation with her name near the constellations of Perseus and Cassiopeia.



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