Hyads a common appellation given to the seven daughters of Atlas by his wife Aethra, viz. Ambrosia, Eudora, Pasithoe, Coronis, Plexaris, Pytiho, and Tyche. These virgins bewailed so immoderately the death of their brother Hyas, who was devoured by a lion, that Jupiter, out of compassion, changed them into stars and placed them in the head of Taurus, where they still retain their grief, their rising and setting being attended with extraordinary rains (ὕω, to rain).

Some make them the daughters of Lycurgus, born in the isle of Naxos, and translated to the skies for their care in the education of Bacchus, probably because their rains were of great benefit in forwarding the vintage.

See also the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.

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