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(308) Polyxo

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Discovered 1891 Mar. 31 by A. Borrelly at Marseilles.

Named for a priestress of Apollo’s {see planet  (1862)} temple in Lemnos and the nurse of Queen Hypsipyle {see planet  (587)}. She advised the Lemnian women to murder their husbands, and suggested to Hypsipyle welcoming the Argonauts so that they would father sons by the Lemnian women, in order that the race would not become extinct. Polyxo is also the name of one of the Hyades which were said to have been originally nymphs, daughters of Atlas and the Oceanid Aethra {see planet  (132)}. This second interpretation seems more likely because Borrelly named another planet after a Hyades member — see planet  (322). (Z 218; LDS)

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