Mythology & Beliefs: Electra
In Greek and Roman Mythology, Electra was one of several Pleiades.
Electra in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
2. A daughter of Atlas and Pleione, was one of the seven
Pleiades, and became by Zeus the mother of Jasion and
Dardanus. (Apollod. 3.10.1, 12. §§ 1, 3.) According to a
tradition preserved in Servius (Serv. ad Aen. 1.32, 2.325,
3.104, 7.207) she was the wife of the Italian king Corythus,
by whom she had a son Jasion; whereas by Zeus she was the
mother of Dardanus. (Comp. Serve. ad Aen. 1.384, 3.167;
Tzetz. ad Lycoph. 29.) Diodorus (5.48) calls Harmonia her
daughter by Zeus. She is connected also with the legend
about the Palladium. When Electra, it is said, had come as a
suppliant to the Palladium, which Athena had established,
Zeus or Athena herself threw it into the territory of Ilium,
because it had been sullied by the hands of a woman who was
no longer a pure maiden, and king Ilus then built a temple
to Zeus. (Apollod. 3.12.3.) According to others it was
Electra herself that brought the Palladium to Ilium, and
gave it to her son Dardanus. (Schol. ad Eurip. Phoen. 1136.)
When she saw the city of her son perishing in flames, she
tore out her hair for grief and was thus placed among the
stars as a comet. (Serv. ad Aen. 10.272.) According to
others, Electra and her six sisters were placed among the
stars as the seven Pleiades, and lost their brilliancy on
seeing the destruction of Ilium. (Serv. ad Virg. Georg.
1.138; Eustath. ad Hom. p. 1155.) The fabulous island of
Electris was believed to have received its name from her.
(Apollon. 1.916.) - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman
biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.
Electra in Wikipedia
The Pleiad Electra /ɨˈlɛktrə/ of Greek mythology was one of
the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione. Electra was the wife
of Corythus. She was raped by Zeus and gave birth to Dardanus,
who became the founder of Troy, ancestor of Priam and his
house. According to one legend, she was the lost Pleiad,
disappearing in grief after the destruction of Troy. She was
called Atlantis by Ovid, personifying the family of Pleiades.
Electra means "amber," "shining," and "bright."
The Pirt-Kopan-noot tribe of Australia have a legend of a lost
Pleiad, making this the queen of the remaining six. The lost
Pleiad is revered by the heavenly Crow (Canopus) and never
returns to her home after she is carried away by him.
Thy beauty shrouded by the heavy veil Thy wedlock won.
(Elizabeth Worthington Fiske). - Wikipedia
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