106 Dione

Not to be confused with one of the many Oceanids.

This minor planet is named after a little-known goddess from Greek myth. Not much is known about this figure; most sources say little other than to identify her as the mother of Aphrodite or a consort of Zeus, and she is not featured in any extant myths. Looking at the etymology of her name, it is possible that she was viewed or worshiped as being the female counterpart or primary consort of Zeus, ousting Hera from her more common role. One source lists her as a daughter of Gaia and Uranus, and thus a Titan.

The symbol of this minor planet is derived from the concept of Dione as the female counterpart to Zeus. It is a small version of the symbol for Jupiter, without the Jovian cross, and instead with a Venusian cross below.

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