From Encyclopedia Britannia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

In Greek mythology, Celaeno (/sɪˈln/; Ancient Greek: Κελαινώ Kelaino, lit. 'the dark one', also Celeno or Kelaino, sometimes [misspelled] Calaeno) referred to several different figures.

Astronomical objects

  • Celaeno, a star in the constellation of Taurus.

In popular culture

  • The harpy Celaeno appears as a captive of a traveling witch's Midnight Carnival, in the Peter S. Beagle classic fantasy novel The Last Unicorn and the 1982 film based on the book.
  • Captain Celaeno is the name of the leader of a pirate crew of parrot-like creatures who help the ponies in My Little Pony: The Movie.
  • Celaena Sardothien, the main character of the Throne of Glass series. Sarah J Maas, the author has cited Celaeno as her inspiration for the name


  1. Hyginus, Fabulae Preface & 14
  2. Virgil, Aeneid 3.209-211, with the commentary by Servius
  3. Apollodorus, 3.10.1
  4. Scholia on Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 4. 1561
  5. Tzetzes on Lycophron, Alexandra 132
  6. Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 2.1.5
  7. Strabo, Geographica 12.8.18
  8. Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotheca historica 4.16.3
  9. Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio 10.6.3
  10. Murray, John (1833). A Classical Manual, being a Mythological, Historical and Geographical Commentary on Pope's Homer, and Dryden's Aeneid of Virgil with a Copious Index. Albemarle Street, London. p. 78.