Andromeda's mother Kassiopeia, bragged that she was more beautiful than Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty. To punish the Queen for her arrogance, Zeus got Poseidon to release the Ketos Aithiopios (or Ethiopian Cetus) to ravage the coast of Ethiopia including the kingdom of the vain Queen. The desperate King consulted the Oracle of Zeus, who announced that no respite would be found until the king sacrificed his virgin daughter Andromeda to the monster. She was stripped naked and chained to a rock on the coast of Jaffa.
Perseus, returning from having slain the Gorgon Medusa, found Andromeda and slew the sea monster Cetus by using Hades borrowed Helm of Darkness and Hermes's winged shoes. set her free, and married her in spite of Andromeda having been previously promised to her uncle Phineus. At the wedding a quarrel took place between the rivals, and Phineus was turned to stone by the sight of the Gorgon's head.
Andromeda followed her husband to Tiryns in Argos, and together they became the ancestors of the family of the Perseidae through the line of their son Perses. Perseus and Andromeda had seven sons: Perseides, Alcaeus, Perses, Heleus, Mestor, Sthenelus, and Electryon, and two daughters, Gorgophone and Autochthe.After her death, Andromeda was placed by Athena amongst the constellations in the northern sky, near Perseus and Cassiopeia.
In Popular Culture
- Andromeda makes several appearances in the two Clash of the Titans films
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