In Greek mythology, Asteria was a name attributed to five individuals:



Asteria was the sixth Amazon killed by Heracles when he came for Hippolyte‘s girdle. The Amazons (of whom Hippolyte was queen) knew that Heracles was invincible but fought him anyway.

Daughter of Coeus

Asteria was the daughter of the titans Coeus and Phoebe and sister of Leto. Asteria flung herself into the ocean in the form of a quail in order to escape the advances of Zeus. She became the island of the same name. By Zeus she became the mother of Heracles (not to be confused with the Greek demi-god) who was worshipped at Tyre. By Perses she had a daughter Hecate. Later, the island Asteria was identified with Delos, which was the only piece of earth to give refuge to the fugitive Leto when, pregnant with Zeus’s children, she was pursued by vengeful Hera.[1]

[edit] Heliades

Asteria was one of the Heliades, daughters of Helios, either by the Oceanid Clymene or the Oceanid Ceto. She married the river god Hydaspes and became mother of Deriades, king of India. Also known as Astris.

[edit] Danaid

Asteria was one of the Danaids, daughters of Danaus who, with one exception, murdered their husbands on their weddings nights. She was, briefly, married to Chaetus.


Asteria was one of the Alkyonides. Along with her sisters, she flung herself into the sea and was transformed into a kingfisher.


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