In legend Cepheus (SEE-fee-us) was the Ethiopian King of Joppa; husband of Queen Cassiopeia and father of Andromeda. Legendary Ethiopia was not what we think of today,
but a region near present-day Jordan and Egypt. Cepheus was a member of the crew of the Argo when Jason and the Argonauts quested for the Golden Fleece.
A fight ensued and Perseus was doing well in defense, but the numbers against him were overwhelming. Having the mighty weapon of the Gorgon Medusa’s head,
he displayed it and turned the remaining two hundred or so enemies to stone, ending the battle and saving the day.The Persues story continues, please refer to the Perseus constellation
account in this web section for further details.
Legend dictates that Cepheus, Cassiopeia and Andromeda ended up in the sky being placed there by Poseidon. As a punishment, Cassiopeia was placed in a position to always circle the north galactic pole, sitting upside down in her chair. King Cepheus was also made circumpolar and as punishment was to wear a ‘dunce cap’ for eternity as a form of being humbled. He was punished for his wife's poor judement in provoking the Gods. Athena, who was the sworn enemy of Medusa and had aided Perseus in her destruction, placed Andromeda’s image in a more honorable constellation because she had insisted on marrying Perseus as agreed, despite the ill faith of her parents. The figure of Perseus, her husband, was placed near her for all time. She and Perseus had six children from their marriage – now how’s that for a happy ending…