ASTRAEA, in Greek legend, the “star maiden,” daughter of
Zeus and Themis, or of Astraeus the Titan and Eos, in which case
she is identified with Dikē. During the golden age she remained
among men distributing blessings, but when the iron (or bronze)
age came on, she was forced to withdraw, being the last of the
goddesses to quit the earth. In the heavens she is amongst the
signs of the zodiac as the constellation Virgo. She is usually
represented with a pair of scales and a crown of stars.
Ov. Met. i. 150; Juv. vi. 19; Aratus, Phaenomena, 96.
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