Who Named The Constellation Virgo ?

Who Named The Constellation Virgo ?

The Virgo constellation is one of the oldest and also the second largest constellation of the Sky. It is symbolized by a woman who is holding a grain or a specter in her hand. The Virgo being one of the oldest constellations has several theories around it originating from various ancient cultures.

The Virgo existed through Roman times and also in prehistoric times. Some civilizations believed that the Virgo was the goddess of justice and virginity, while others believed she was the goddess of harvest, fertility. And, some also believed she was a mother. Virgo has always been connected with the highest virtues as a sign.

It is perhaps the Romans who came up with the name of Virgo. Virgo in Latin means virgin. Even in the Sumerian civilization, she represented fertility. All the early civilizations had similar ideas about the Virgo. According to ancient Egyptians, she might have been Isis, the goddess of living and dead, and also, the one who is responsible for announcing of the harvest season.  

Since there are several mythological stories about the constellation of Virgo nobody exactly knows why they named the constellation after virginity or as the virgin goddess. One belief is that the Greeks thought she was the goddess of Justice and the daughter of Zeus. Justice cannot be influenced by anyone or anything, and is a virgin by nature. That is why they named her Virgo in Latin. The Romans later adapted the same theory and perhaps continued with the same name and extended it to other civilizations as well.

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