The Mythology of the Night Sky: An Amateur Astronomer's by David E. Falkner

By David E. Falkner

Every novice astronomer can simply realize lots of the constellations, yet what number folks understand the tale in the back of them? What myths did the traditional Greeks weave round the powerful hunter Orion that areas him so prominently within the sky? were you aware that this legendary being was once acknowledged to were killed via Diana, herself a hunter, whereas he used to be exhausted via his struggle with Scorpius? The constellation of Scorpius, the large scorpion, is ruled by means of the crimson supergiant Antares and hangs within the sky contrary Orion. but there isn't any constellation of Diana to be found!

The Mythology of the evening Sky moves a stability among yard astronomy and historic mythology. geared up by means of seasons, this ebook describes Ptolemy's forty eight constellations with place and outline intimately, whereas additionally telling the mythological stories in complete. besides the named constellations, this identify additionally comprises the lore at the back of the christening of the planets and their satellites. Readers notice the significance of the traditional characters, why they have been immortalized within the sky, how a number of constellations are all woven into an identical tale and the way satellite tv for pc names are with regards to their planets.

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He eventually married another woman, Ino, and they had children of their own. Phryxus and Helle’s stepmother hated them. Ino did not fancy the idea of Phryxus inheriting the throne from his father. She would rather one of her sons inherit the kingdom. Ino had every intention of killing Phryxus and Helle at the first opportunity. She had to be crafty, though, for if she were blamed for the killings she would incur the wrath of King Athamas. She decided instead to devise an evil plan so the children’s death would be by the hand of their father.

After Jason and Medea parted ways she found her way to Athens and learned of King Aegeus’ problems with his brother. She convinced King Aegeus that her special powers could protect him. So the king took Medea as his wife to protect him from his 50 nephews. The king was so fearful of what dangers might be set him that Medea could control him completely. When Theseus arrived she was leery of this stranger and through her witchcraft she learned who he really was. She knew Theseus would be a threat so she warned Aegeus that this stranger, who had professed to doing many mighty deeds for the glory of Athens, might be out to kill him.

So the king took Medea as his wife to protect him from his 50 nephews. The king was so fearful of what dangers might be set him that Medea could control him completely. When Theseus arrived she was leery of this stranger and through her witchcraft she learned who he really was. She knew Theseus would be a threat so she warned Aegeus that this stranger, who had professed to doing many mighty deeds for the glory of Athens, might be out to kill him. The king decided to test Theseus. He told Theseus that if he did, indeed, perform the great feats as he had said, he should travel to Marathon and bring the Cretan Bull to Athens to prove his worthiness.

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