“The Pleiades” by Elihu Vedder (1885).
The Pleiades were seven sisters: Maia, Electra, Alcyone, Taygete, Asterope, Celaeno and Merope.
Their parents were Atlas, a Titan who held up the sky, and the Oceanid Pleione, the protectress of sailing.
They were the sisters of the Hyades (a sisterhood of Nymphs that bring rain) and they were all together known as Atlantides .
As it was already said, they were seven in number, six of whom are described as visible, and the seventh as invisible.
Some call the seventh Merope and relate that she became invisible from shame, because she alone among her sisters had had intercourse with a mortal man; Sisyphus, the King of Corinth.
Another explanation for the ‘lost’ star related to the myth of the Electra, an ancestress of the royal house of Troy. After the Trojan War and the destruction of…
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