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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).[1] - Wikipedia

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