THE KETOS AITHIOPIOS or Ethiopian Cetus was a sea-monster sent by Poseidon to ravage the land of Aithiopia as punishment for Queen Kassiopeia’s hubristic boast that her daughter Andromeda was more beautiful than the Nereides. To assuage the wrath of the sea-gods, the girl was chained to the rocks as a sacrificial offering and feast for the dragon. It was at this time that Perseus was flying back to Greece with the head of Medousa. He spied the girl, flew down, slew the monster and carried her off to be his bride. Some say the hero turned the monster to stone, a rock which ancient tourists were shown near the Lebanese town of Joppa.The Sea-Monster, along with Perseus, Andromeda, and her parents King Kepheus and Queen Kassiopeia, were all placed amongst the stars of the sky as Constellatons.
ETHIOPIAN CETUS : Sea monster of Ethiopia, labor Perseus ; Greek mythology ; pictures ; constellation : KETOS AITHIOPIOS