Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Berenice, Queen of Egypt by Frederick Sandys
The Queen is depicted holding her long blond hair, which is an integral part of a myth told about her. During the absence of her husband, Ptolemy III, she is said to have dedicated her hair to Aphrodite for his safe return, cutting it off and placing it in the goddess’ temple. The hair somehow disappeared, and it was said that it was whisked away into the heavens by the goddess herself, pleased with the offering, becoming the constellation Coma Berenices(Meaning Berenice’s hair).