Canis Minor

The Small Dog or The Lesser Dog

Canis Minor Constellation

The Brighter Stars of Canis Minor

The Story

The Small Dog

Orion's Hunting Dog?

Canis Minor is usually taken to be one of the hunting dogs of Orion. However there is another story connecting The Lesser Dog with Boötes and Virgo.

Boötes' Loyal Dog?

This myth identifies Boötes with Icarius, who was famed for having received the secret of wine making from the Wine God, Dionysius. Icarius was killed by peasants who thought they had been poisoned by his wine. Icarius' loyal dog Maera ran home howling in grief and led Icarius' daughter back to his body. Poor Erigone hanged herself in grief over the death of her father. The gods had mercy on Icarius and his family and transported Icarius into the sky as the constellation of Boötes. Erigone became Virgo, and the dog Maera, the constellation of Canis Minor.  

Copyright © 1998 - 2010 by Arnold V. Lesikar,
Professor Emeritus
Dept. of Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering Science,
St. Cloud State University,St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

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