Perseus and Andromeda
Click on image for full size
Image courtesy of Planet Art.
In the Northern Hemisphere sky is the constellation Cepheus, king of Ethiopia, and that of his wife Cassiopeia. Cassiopeia
claimed that she and her daughter Andromeda
were more beautiful than the sea nymphs, the Nereids.
Offended, the Nereids complained to the sea god Poseidon, who sent a flood
and a marine monster to destroy Cepheus'land. Cepheus was told that only the sacrifice of his daughter Andromeda could save the kingdom.
Andromeda was then chained to a sea cliff to be devoured by the sea monster. At that same moment, Perseus, a famous Greek hero, was traveling along the coast to the north. Perseus noticed the beautiful Andromeda and immediately fell in love with her. He decided at once to rescue the young woman.
Perseus used magical sandals that allowed him to fly and the head of the Gorgon Medusa. Medusa's head had the power to turn anything into stone.
Andromeda and Perseus married and one of their children,
Perses, became the king of Ethiopia when Cepheus died.
Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!
Our online store
on science education, ranging from evolution
, classroom research
, and the need for science and math literacy
You might also be interested in:
Ahsonnutli was the sky father and chief god for the Navajo. He created heaven, Earth, and the sky. Each of the four directions, or cardinal points, are supported by a giant. Each direction is symbolized...more
Amphitrite was one of the sea-nymphs called the Nereids. One day the sea god Poseidon saw her dancing and fell desperately in love with her. He promptly asked her to marry him but unfortunately she refused....more
Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love and beauty. She was known to the Romans as Venus. To the perfection of her figure and the purity of her features she added an innocent grace. On her sweet face she...more
In Greek mythology, Apollo was the son of Jupiter(in Greek Zeus) and Leto (Letona). He was the god of the Sun, logic, and reason, and was also a fine musician and healer. Leto travelled all over Greece...more
According to an ancient Greek legend, the figure of a gigantic crab was placed in the nighttime sky by the goddess Hera to form the constellation Cancer. Hera swore to kill Heracles, the most famous Greek...more
In the Northern Hemisphere sky is the constellation Cepheus, king of Ethiopia, and that of his wife Cassiopeia. Cassiopeia claimed that she and her daughter Andromeda were more beautiful than the sea nymphs,...more
According to Navajo mythology, the Milky Way was created by the mischievous behavior of the god, Coyote. When the world was created, the Holy People gathered around Black God to place the stars in the...more