Alcyone and Ceyx Alcyone was the daughter of Aeolus, although it is not totally clear which of the Aeoluses who appeared in Greek mythology was her father. Some tell it was a king of Thessaly with Enarate or Aegiale bearing Alcyone; or else it was Aeolus, the king of the Aeolian Islands and the ruler of the winds. This second Aeolus makes more sense in terms of later events in the myth of Alcyone and Ceyx. Alcyone and Ceyx in Trachis Some say that Ceyx founded the city of Trachis in Thessaly, certainly he became king of the city state, ruling alongside Alcyone.

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Wednesday, October 19, The love story of Ceyx and Alcyone Alcyone was the daughter of Aeolus, the god of wind she came to marry the king of Trachis, Ceyx. His entire kingdom looked up to him and Alcyone. Even the gods and goddesses saw them for their true beauty and strong love for one another.

Zeus did not like how they felt, as though they could compare themselves to great gods! He waited for his chance to strike. Later on he found his brother had died. Alcyone had a bad feeling having her husband travel by sea.

She pushed him to let her go along but he would not put his wife in danger. Zues new this would be his time to get back at the couple. He started a hurricane around Ceyx and his ship. He and his ship both went down into the cold dark blue sea. As Ceyx went down he prayed to the gods that his body would be washed up on shore for is beloved wife to come upon and have him a proper funeral.

Alcyone waited for a very long time to see her husband again. She prayed to the gods asking for him to come home without a scratch. Hera knew what Zues had done and felt pity for her. So Hera sent her messenger Iris, goddess of the rainbow, to go talk to the god of sleep and comfort, Hypnos. He was to inform Alcyone of what had happened to her husband gently as he could.

The news of Ceyx had put Alcyone in a very bad state of mind. She ran to the seashore tearing off her garments. As she sat near the water she saw a man lying in the sand. As she got closer she notice the man was Ceyx! After his funeral , Alcyone felt as though she could not live without Ceyx. Alcyone threw herself into the sea to drown. If she could not live with him then she would be forever be with him in the land of the dead.

The gods on Olympus were saddened by the tragic fate of Alcyone and Ceyx, as well as their wonderful love for one other. In order to make up for his rash action that was responsible for this tragedy, Zeus transformed the couple into the Halcyon birds.

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Alcyone and Ceyx Alcyone and Ceyx The story of Alcyone and Ceyx is very touching and portrays the love that triumphs over tragedy. This young couple was so much in love that neither the gods nor death could set them apart. Alcyone followed her husband to the other life and did so with her free will. From this myth also derives a well-known phrase, the Halcyon Days. Discover the myth of Alcyone and Ceyx Showing arrogance to the gods The lovely Alcyone was the daughter of Aeolus, the Greek god of the wind, and her mother was either Enarete or Aegiale. She was the devoted wife of Ceyx, King of Trachis, in central Greece.


Alcyone and Ceyx

Alcyone My goddess is the goddess of the moon,the sea, calm, and tranquility. Here story is this Alcyone and her husband Ceyx were so madly in love that they called each other Zues and Hera. Well that did not make Zues and Hera very happy so that night Zues gave Ceyx a dream that he needed to come to Mount Olympus to discuss a subject with the gods. She was infuriated!


Herbert James Draper , Halcyone, Ceyx was the son of Eosphorus often translated as Lucifer. Soon after, Morpheus , the god of dreams, disguised as Ceyx, appeared to Alcyone as an apparition to tell her of his fate, and she threw herself into the sea in her grief. Out of compassion, the gods changed them both into common kingfishers , or "halcyon birds", named after her. They state that these were originally the 14 days each year seven days on either side of the shortest day of the year [10] during which Alcyone as a kingfisher laid her eggs and made her nest on the beach and during which her father Aeolus , god of the winds, restrained the winds and calmed the waves so she could do so in safety.


In the whole book of Metamorphoses, love has been source for many rewards, punishments, motivation and deceptions. However, the story of Ceyx and Alcyone is one the very few love stories that fits our traditional sense of love, with a man and woman bonding in romance, living happily ever after. Ceyx and Alycone are so committed and faithful to each other that even the gods forgive their offense and reward them by turning them into birds so that they could live eternally with each other. This ending also puts the story in a tragicomedy category. After suffering from the sorrow of deaths, the couple is able to revitalize again and unite in the happy marriage. In ancient mythology, hubris often refers the excessive pride of humans who hold themselves up as equals to the gods. This defiance of the gods often leads to nemesis.

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