41 Daphne

This minor planet is named after a nymph - specifically, a naiad - from Greek myth. Her father is Ladon, a river god. She caught the eye of the god Apollo, much to her panic and consternation. When he pursued her, she begged her father and the other gods for protection, and she got turned into a laurel tree. I… guess this could be considered some form of help? Glad I don't live in a world overrun by Greek gods.

The name of this nymph is derived from the word "laurel," and the laurel wreath and laurel tree were often a symbol for Apollo. The symbol for this minor planet is a laurel sprig, as Victoria, over a female cross.

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