Alternative parentage: Atlas (1) and Hesperis;
(1) and Aethra (1);
Queen of the
Along with Merope (1),
(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.
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.