Tomyris

Asteroid 590, Tomyris, was discovered March 4, 1906 by Maximilian Wolf at Heidelberg, Germany. It has a period of 5 years, 74 days and is 39.87 kilometers (about 24 3/4 miles) in diameter.

It was named (possibly because of its provisional designation, 1906 TO) after Queen Tomyris of the Massagetae, a Scythian people living in what is now Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and northern Afghanistan. According to the ancient Greek historian Herodotus, Tomyris fought, defeated and killed the Persian king Cyrus the Great in 529 BCE, and she revenged herself for his murder of her son by dunking Cyrus' severed head into a container of human blood, urging it to drink its fill.

Tomyris With The Head Of Cyrus (1633-1638) by Peter Paul Rubens


The meaning of asteroid Tomyris seems to be: violent revenge, victims' rights, forced to suffer the consequences.

The glyph for Tomyris is mine.



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