Name: Aristaios

Origin and Meaning of the Name Aristaios

  • Meaning:
    Most excellent, most useful
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    (AHR is TY ohs)
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    Itself (Aristaios)
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    Aristaios (more commonly known as Aristaeus, a Latin derivative) was the son of Apollon and Kyrene (also known as Cyrene). His name comes from the Greek word, aristos, meaning most excellent or useful. As a man, Aristaios became a favorite of the Muse who made him the keeper of their flocks; he was called Hunter and Shepherd because he was so skillful with all types of animals. He is said to have taught the skill of beekeeping and of the treatment of milk to the Greeks. He is also said to have been the first to ever plant an olive tree. Thus, was considered god of shepherds and cheese-making, bee-keeping, honey, honey-mead, olive growing, medicinal herbs and the Etesian winds which eased the heat of summer.

    It is said that his love of Eurydice contributed to her death, and her sisters sought revenge by taking Aristaio's bees. He was able to get them back, eventually, due to the intervention and guidence of the Old Man of the Sea, Proteus.

    The star called Arista in the constellation of Virgo, the virgin, is in homage to Aristaios. Virgo is an Earth sign and rules the harvest. It is only natural that a star honoring Aristaios is present within the constellation.

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