Parysatis


Asteroid 888, Parysatis, was discovered on February 2, 1918 by Maximilian Wolf at Heidelberg, Germany. It has a period of 4 years, 170 days and is 44.65 kilometers (about 27 3/4 miles) in diameter.

It was named for the wife and half-sister of the 5th-century BCE Persian king Daryavarhus (Darius) II, mother of Artaxsaca (Artaxerxes) II and Cyrus the Younger. She was notoriously sharp-tongued and cruel; she feuded with her daughter-in-law, Artaxerxes' wife Stateira, and ultimately poisoned her.

The meaning of asteroid Parysatis seems to be: nasty, formidable, day of reckoning.


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