(124) Alkeste

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Discovered 1872 Aug. 23 by C. H. F. Peters at Clinton.

Named after the daughter of Pelias and Anaxibia and wife of Admetus. She volunteered to die for her husband on the promise of Apollo {see planet  (1862)} that Admetus should never die if someone were found to die in his stead. Some legends say Heracles brought Alcestis back from Hades. (Z 15)

Named by Adelinde Weiss, wife of the Austrian astronomer E. Weiss, at the request of the discoverer.

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