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ASTEROPE
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Αστεροπη Asteropê Asterope Starry Eyed
(astêr, ops)
Ἑσπερια Hesperia Hesperia Of the Evening
(hesperos)

ASTEROPE was a Naiad Nymph of the River Kebren (Cebren) in the Troad. She was either the wife of the Trojan prince Aisakos (Aesacus), or a Nymphe who fleeing his amorous advance stepped on a venomous snake and died.

Her name is more reminiscent of a Star-Nymphe than a Naias. So perhaps she was imagined as a shooting star, dying upon the earth.

PARENTS
KEBREN (Apollodorus 3.147, Ovid Metamorphoses 11.767)

Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3. 147 (trans. Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
"Aisakos [son of the Trojan King Priamos], who married Kebren’s daughter Asterope."

Ovid, Metamorphoses 11. 767 ff (trans. Melville) (Roman epic C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.) :
"Yet he [Aisakos] was not a boor at heart nor unassailable by love, and many a time through all the woods pursued Hesperie Cebrenis. He saw her by her father Cebren's river bank, her hair loose on her shoulders drying in the sun. The Nymphe, observed, took flight, as a frightened hind flees from a grizzled wolf, or a mallard caught far from the lake she's left flies from a hawk. He followed in pursuit, she swift in fear, he swift in love, when lurking in the grass a snake, look, struck her as she fled and fanged her foot and left its venom in her veins--her flight, her life cut short! Beside himself he held her lifeless in his arms and cried ‘I chased you! Oh it breaks my heart! But this I never feared! Oh, never worth so much to win you! Two of us, poor soul, have laid you low: the viper gave the wound, and I the cause. The greater guilt have I: for your death's solace I myself shall die.’ Then from the cliff-top that the booming waves had eaten out below he flung himself into the sea."


Sources:

  • Apollodorus, The Library - Greek Mythography C2nd BC
  • Ovid, Metamorphoses - Latin Epic C1st BC - C1st AD