Discovered 1850 May 11 by A. de Gasparis at Naples.
Named for a Siren, sometimes described as having a fish’s body, who, cast upon the shore, founded the city of Parthenope, now Naples. (H 2)
The symbol used for Parthenope in ancient times was a star and a fish. Alternatively, a harp was used Open image in new window as a proper sign.
The discoverer “used his utmost endeavors to realize a Parthenope in the heavens, such being the name suggested by Sir John Herschel on the occasion of the discovery of (10) Hygiea.” (Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., Vol. 10, p. 145 (1850)).