The original story of Perseus and Andromeda. Andromeda is an Ethiopian Princess she wasn’t Greek. Many stories we b know are not originally from the society we learn them from. Sometimes there’s no way of who the original story tellers were.
Aphrike in Greek means “without cold.”
The word Ethiopia in Greek means “dark smooth complexion.”
This maybe one of the oldest surviving ancient writings of an Interracial Couple but back then there was no such thing as an Interracial Couple. There marrying among nations, tribes and clans but subject of race as we know it probably didn’t exist over 3,000- 5,000 b.c..This concept came about during the age of the Roman Empire.
The beautiful Andromeda was the daughter of the Ethiopian King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia. One day, the Queen had bragged that her daughter Andromeda was more beautiful than the Nereids, the sea nymphs. The sea nymphs got angry when they hear that and complained to Poseidon, the god of the sea. A furious Poseidon unleashed the sea monster, a kraken named Cetus to frequently ravage the coast and devastate the coast land of Ethiopia in order to avenge the insult to his wards, the Nereids. The desperate King Cephus appealed Zeus, who suggested the sacrifice of Andromeda as the only way to appease the wrathful Poseidon.
[Poseidon just liked to drown people and was just looking for an excuse.]
[There are other version that say her mother said she was more beautiful than Aphrodite or Amphitrite- the wife of Poseidon. ] Anyway, back then the gods punished you for petty things.
As Perseus was flying over Africa in his return home, Perseus encountered Atlas the Titan, a mythical giant, who challenged him. In their confrontation, Perseus used Medusa’s head to turn the Titan into stone. Perseus continued his journey home and, as he passed the kingdom of Ethiopia, he came upon the beautiful and helpless maiden Andromeda, chained to the rocks waiting to be devoured by a sea monster.
The story doesn’t say according to Medusa cave is supposedly located and why was he flying over Africa? I guy it’s a guy thing.
Thus it was that our hero Perseus finds himself face to face with the beautiful Andromeda chained helplessly onto the rocks, awaiting her doom. Perseus immediately fall in love with the lovely maiden and promptly killed Cetus the beast. Perseus took Andromeda to her father Cepheus and asked for her hand in marriage. This infuriated Andromeda’s uncle Phineus, to whom the maiden was already promised. During the ensuing quarrel, Perseus turned Phineus into a stone by showing him the head of the Gorgon Medusa.
[That’s one way to end an argument.]
Perseus would go on to find Mycenae where Andromeda would be queen, but first, she gave birth to their first son Perses, who stayed behind in Ethopia to rule when his grandfather died. (Perses is considered the eponymous father of the Persians.)
Perseus and Andromeda’s children were sons, Perses, Alcaeus, Sthenelus, Heleus, Mestor, Electryon, and a daughter, Gorgophone.
After her death, Andromeda was placed among the stars as the Andromeda constellation. The monster who was sent to ravage Ethiopia was also turned into a constellation, Cetus.