Fictional Character
First Appearance: Ancient Greek Mythology
Turtledove Appearance: "Miss Manners' Guide to Greek Missology" (Direct)
Nationality: Ethiopia
Religion: Polytheism
Occupation: Queen consort
Parents: Coronus and Zeuxo
Spouse: Cepheus
Children: Andromeda

Cassiopeia (Greek: Κασσιόπεια) was a mythical queen consort of Ethiopia, wife of Cepheus, and mother of Andromeda.

Cassiopeia boasted that she and her daughter were more beautiful than all the sea nymphs. This brought the wrath of Poseidon, ruler of the sea, upon the land, and he sent a sea monster to attack the kingdom unless Andromeda was fed to the beast. The hero Perseus foiled Poseidon's plan by killing the monster and rescuing Andromeda.

Cassiopeia was eventually placed in the sky as a constellation; the myths disagree as to whether this was a punishment or a blessing.

Cepheus in "Miss Manners' Guide to Greek Missology"Edit

Cepheus and Cassiopeia rode from Ethiopia to Mount Olympus in their Constellation, to attend the wedding of their daughter Andromeda.[1]


  1. E.g., Counting Up, Counting Down, p. 285, paperback.

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