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(163) Erigone

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Discovered 1876 Apr. 26 by J. Perrotin at Toulouse.

Apollodorus mentioned Erigone as daughter of Icarus {see planet  (1566)}, who hanged herself when she learned that her father had been killed by drunken shepherds. She was changed into the constellation Virgo. According to Pausanias, Erigone was a daughter of Aegisthus and Clytemnestra {see planet  (179)} and has a son by Orestes. She brought Orestes to trial for the murder of her mother and hanged herself when Orestes was acquitted before the Areopagus. (Z 98)

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