Head of Leda by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519).
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For the ancient Greeks, the constellation Cygnus
, which means "swan", was related to
the myth of Zeus
(for Romans, Jupiter) and Leda, the queen of Sparta.
The queen of Sparta was so pretty that Zeus fell in love with her.
After numerous attempts to conquer Leda's love, Zeus
changed himself into a wonderful white swan. The swan was magnificent and Leda
fell in love with him. The constellation Cygnus was then formed to celebrate the lovely swan.
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