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February 19    Scripture

Mythology & Beliefs: Alcyone
In Greek and Roman Mythology, Alcyone was one of several Pleiades.

Alcyone in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology Ἀλκυόνη), or HALCY'ONE. 1. A Pleiad, a daughter of Atlas and Pleione, by whom Poseidon begot Aethusa, Hyrieus and Hyperenor. (Apollod. 3.10.1; Hygin. Praef. Fab. p. 11, ed. Staveren; Ov. Ep. 19.133.) To these children Pausanias (2.30.7) adds two others, Hyperes and Anthas. 2. A daughter of Aeolus and Enarete or Aegiale. She was married to Ce x, and lived so happy with him, that they were presumptuous enough to call each other Zeus and Hera, for which Zeus metamorphosed them into birds, ἀλκυών and κήυξ. (Apollod. 1.7.3, &c.; Hyg. Fab. 65.) Hyginus relates that Ce x perished in a shipwreck, that Alcyone for grief threw herself into the sea, and that the gods, out of compassion, changed the two into birds. It was fabled, that during the seven days before, and as many after, the shortest day of the year, while the bird ἀλκυών was breeding, there always prevailed calms at sea. An embellished form of the same story is given by Ovid. (Met. 11.410, &c.; comp. Verg. G. 1.399.) 3. A surname of Cleopatra, the wife of Meleager, who died with grief at her husband being killed by Apollo. (Hom. Il. 9.562; Eustath. ad Hom. p. 776; Hyg. Fab. 174.) - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3atext%3a1999.04.0104


Alcyone in Wikipedia In Greek mythology, Alcyone (Ancient Greek: Ἁλκυόνη Halkyˇnē) was the daughter of Aeolus, either by Enarete or Aegiale. She married Ceyx, son of Eosphorus, the Morning Star. They were very happy together in Trachis, and according to Pseudo-Apollodorus's account, often sacrilegiously called each other "Zeus" and "Hera".[1] This angered Zeus, so while Ceyx was at sea (going to consult an oracle according to Ovid's account), the god threw a thunderbolt at his ship. Ceyx appeared to Alcyone as an apparition to tell her of his fate, and she threw herself into the sea in her grief. Out of compassion, the gods changed them both into halcyon birds, named after her. Ovid[2] and Hyginus[3] both also recount the metamorphosis of the pair in and after Ceyx's loss in a terrible storm, though they both omit Ceyx and Alcyone calling each other Zeus and Hera (and Zeus's resulting anger) as a reason for it. Ovid also adds the detail of her seeing his body washed up onshore before her attempted suicide...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcyone


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