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Alcyone (daughter of Atlas)

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This article is about the Pleiad. For the daughter of Aeolus, see Alcyone (daughter of Aeolus).


Alcyone
Elihu Vedder - The Pleiades, 1885
The Pleiades
General Info
Title(s) Pleiad
Greek Ἁλκυόνη
Consort Poseidon
Parents Atlas and Pleione
Sibling(s) The Pleiades (Maia, Alcyone, Electra, Taygete, Sterope and Merope), Calypso, Hyas, the Hyades and the Hesperides (Aegle, Erytheia and Hesperathusa)
Children Hyrieus and Aethusa

Alcyone was the name of one of the Pleiades, seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione. She was the mother of Hyrieus and Aethusa by Poseidon.

Alcyone was one of seven Pleaides; the others were her sisters Maia, Taygete, Celaeno, Electra, Sterope and Merope. The seven sisters were transformed into stars by Zeus, to save them from the advances of Orion. In some legends, Electra faded away after the Sack of Troy, but in others it is Merope, who is ashamed of her relationship with Sisyphus.


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