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Taygete

Alternative parentage: Atlas (1) and Hesperis; Atlas (1) and Aethra (1); Erechtheus; Cadmus; Queen of the Amazons

Biographical


Along with Merope (1), Electra (2), Sterope (1), Maia, Alcyone (2), and Celaeno (1), Taygete was one of the Pleiades, and was transformed into the Pleiades constellation with her sisters. She became the mother of Lacedaemon by Zeus, and also of Eurotas. Mount Taygetus, in Laconia, derived its name from her. According to some traditions, Taygete refused to yield to the embraces of Zeus, and in order to secure her against him, Artemis metamorphosed her into a cow. Taygete showed her gratitude towards Artemis by dedicating to her the Cerynitian hind with golden antlers. Some traditions, moreover, state that by Tantalus she became the mother of Pelops.




Sources

1. Sir W. Smith, ed. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, vol. 1. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1870.
2. Sir W. Smith, ed. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, vol. 3. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1870.

 

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