Asteria (mythology)

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In Greek mythology, Asteria (/əˈstɪəriə/; Ancient Greek: Ἀστερία, "of the stars, starry one") was a name attributed to several distinct individuals.


In popular culture[edit]

  • Multiple characters named Asteria appear in the DC Universe and the DC Extended Universe:[17][18]
    • Asteria first appeared in the 1998 one-shot issue Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl; "her origin or background isn't touched upon, but she does seem to be Amazon stock".[17]
    • Another version of Asteria appeared in the 2018 issues Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth Special #1 and Justice League #11. In the first issue, Asteria is a two-headed metallic bird.[17][18] In the second issue, Wonder Woman informs Aquaman that "the name 'Asteria' belonged to an ancient Amazonian who fought against the gods. Her name means, of the sky".[18]
    • In the 2020 film Wonder Woman 1984, Asteria is portrayed by Lynda Carter. The character is depicted as the greatest Amazon warrior. When mankind enslaved the Amazonian women, Asteria fought for their freedom, allowing Queen Hippolyta to free them and their race to escape to the island known as Themyscira. The island created by Zeus allowed the Amazons to remain hidden from mankind, while Asteria was venerated by the Amazons as a fallen hero. During the post-credits sequence, she is seen walking amongst a crowded street and saves a pedestrian from being hit by a falling object.[19][20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hesiod, Theogony 404 ff.
  2. ^ Nonnus, Dionysiaca 17.282
  3. ^ Nonnus, Dionysiaca 26.351–355
  4. ^ Nonnus, Dionysiaca 17.282, 23.236, 26.355, 27.199–203 & 33.151–152
  5. ^ Apollodorus, 2.1.5
  6. ^ Eustathius on Homer, Iliad 776, 16
  7. ^ Suda s.v. Alkyonides
  8. ^ Stephanus of Byzantium, s.v. Hydissos
  9. ^ Scholia on Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica 1.139 citing Pherecydes
  10. ^ Tzetzes on Lycophron, 53
  11. ^ Tzetzes on Lycophron, 939
  12. ^ Tzetzes on Lycophron, 450
  13. ^ Diodorus Siculus, 4.16.3
  14. ^ Corpus Inscriptionum Graecarum 4.8185 (painting on François Vase)
  15. ^ Loppert, Max (2017). ""An Island Entire of Itself": Gluck's Telemaco'". Gluck. London: Routledge. pp. 195–203. ISBN 978-1-315-09352-9. OCLC 1001890268.
  16. ^ Berlioz, Hector (2015). Berlioz on Music: Selected Criticism 1824-1837. Katherine Kolb, Samuel N. Rosenberg. Oxford. pp. 67, 130. ISBN 978-0-19-939196-7. OCLC 911734589.
  17. ^ a b c Johnston, Rich (2020-12-16). "Speculator Corner: First Appearance of Wonder Woman 1984's Asteria?". Bleeding Cool News And Rumors. Retrieved 2022-04-02.
  18. ^ a b c Francisco, Eric (December 25, 2020). "'Wonder Woman 1984' post-credits scene sets up an even bigger DC Multiverse". Inverse. Retrieved April 2, 2022.
  19. ^ "Who Is Asteria? Wonder Woman 1984's [SPOILER] Explained". ScreenRant. 2020-12-30. Retrieved 2022-04-02.
  20. ^ "'Wonder Woman 1984' Mid-Credits Scene Explained: Who is Asteria?". 2021-01-02. Retrieved 2022-04-02.