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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[edit]

  • Celaeno, a star in the constellation of Taurus.

In popular culture[edit]

  • 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.
  • The Celaeno Fragments are a series of occult writings (created by H. P. Lovecraft’s friend and contemporary August Derleth for his series The Trail of Cthulhu) ascribed to Dr Laban Shrewsbury, and written from memory after a series of visits to the Great Library of Celaeno, located in a star system in the Pleiades.


  1. ^ Apollodorus, 3.10.1
  2. ^ Scholia on Apollonius Rhodius, 4.1561
  3. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae Preface & 14
  4. ^ Virgil, Aeneid 3.209-211 and 245-258, with the commentary by Servius
  5. ^ Apollodorus, 2.1.5
  6. ^ Strabo, 12.8.18
  7. ^ Pausanias, 10.6.3
  8. ^ Scholia on Euripides, Orestes 1094
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Tzetzes on Lycophron, 132
  11. ^ Diodorus Siculus, 4.16.3