Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Cassiope’ia [the lady in the chair].

 Cassio (in Shakespeare’s Othello).Cassiter’ides (5 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cassiope’ia [the lady in the chair].
 
The chief stars of this constellation form the outline of a chair. The lady referred to is the wife of Ce’pheus (2 syl.), King of Ethiopia. She boasted that the beauty of her daughter Andromda surpassed that of the sea-nymphs. The sea-nymphs complained to the sea god of this affront, and Andromeda, to appease their wrath, was chained to a rock to be devoured by sea-monsters. Perseus (2 syl.) delivered her, and made her his wife. The vain mother was taken to heaven out of the way, and placed among the stars.   1
       
“That starred Ethiop queen that strove
To set her beauty’s praise above
The sea-nymphs and their powers offended.”
       
Milton: Il Penseroso
   N.B.—“Her beauty’s praise” means that of her beautiful daughter. Andromèda was her mother’s “beauty.”   2
 


 Cassio (in Shakespeare’s Othello).Cassiter’ides (5 syl.). 

 
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