These are based on more stories of gods, goddesses and their allies and enemies. Andromeda was a princess who was chained to a rock to provide a meal for a sea monster, who was slain by Perseus. Aquila was an eagle who bore the mortal boy Ganymede to Olympus to be the gods’ cup bearer. Ara is the altar the Olympic gods raised to celebrate their victory over the Titans. Argo Navis was the ship of Jason and the Argonauts. No one’s quite sure about the stories behind Auriga, the charioteer, or Boötes the Herdsman.
Canis Major is one of Orion's dogs. Canis Minor, the lesser dog, is Helen of Troy’s favorite dog, who refused to bark when Paris came to abduct her. Cassiopeia is the mother of Andromeda, while Cepheus is her father. Centaurus, the centaur, is also associated with Chiron. Cetus is the whale or sea monster who wished to devour Andromeda. Corona Australis, the Southern Crown, is the crown of laurel or olive placed on the head of the victor of the games. On the other hand, the Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, was given to the princess Ariadne by Dionysus.
Corvus is a raven tasked by Apollo to keep an eye on one of his many lovers. When she cheated on him, the raven told Apollo, and Apollo rewarded him by putting him in the sky.
Crater, the Cup, is associated with many gods and goddesses, including Apollo and Bacchus.
Cygnus, the Swan, was the friend of Phaeton, the mortal who took charge of the chariot of his father, the god Helios. Phaeton couldn't control the chariot and Zeus had to destroy him with a thunderbolt. His friend, Cygnus, dived into the river to search for his body. Apollo felt sorry for Cygnus, changed him into a swan, and placed him in the sky.
Delphinus, the dolphin, persuaded a sea goddess to marry Poseidon, and Poseidon placed him in the sky.
Draco, the Dragon, was slain by Cadmus. Later, the dragon’s teeth were sown into the ground. They rose up as armed men who helped Cadmus build the city of Thebes.
Equuleus, the Little Horse, is the brother of Pegasus.
Eridanus, the River, is a very long constellation said to steam eternally because of Phaeton’s fall into it.
Hercules is the most famous and tragic of all the Greek heroes. He performed the Twelve Labors.
Hydra was a many headed monster that Hercules had to defeat.
Lepus, the Hare, was placed in the heavens as a reward to its hunter, Orion, who of course will never catch him.
Lupus the Wolf used to be a human king who tried to serve Zeus the flesh of a child. Zeus was so disgusted he changed teh king into a wolf, but for some reason put him in the heavens as well.
Lyra, the Lyre, is the instrument Apollo gave to Orpheus, the most accomplished musician in ancient Greece.
Ophiuchus is the Serpent-Bearer and is associated with Asclepius. He was the first surgeon, and was so good at his work that Pluto, god of the underworld, began to worry that Hades would be depopulated. He persuaded his brother Zeus to strike Asclepius, but to put him among the stars. The serpent twined around a staff is his symbol.
Orion is the hunter who tried to woo Artemis, Apollo’s sister. Apollo was worried about Artemis’ virtue, and tricked her into killing him. She put Orion among the stars.
Pegasus is the winged horse that sprang from the blood of the severed head of Medusa. Pegasus became a constellation on his own, flying up into the heavens.
Perseus was the hero who killed Medusa. She was so terrible to behold that she turned men to stone, so he used his shield as a mirror to avoid looking directly at he as he beheaded her.
Pisces Austrinus is the monster Typhon, who came to attack the Olympians.
Sagitta, the arrow, has been associated with several different beings, include the Cyclops.
Serpens, the serpent, is associated with Ophiuchus.
Triangulum is a small constellation whose shape, the delta, is associated with the Delta of the Nile River.
Ursa Major, the Great Bear, was Callisto, another one of Zeus’ paramours. Artemis changed her into a bear because she had given up her virginity, or perhaps Zeus changed her to save her from the wrath of his wife Hera, or maybe Hera changed Callisto herself. Ursa Minor is Callisto’s son by Zeus.