I chose ‘Merope’ as the name for my website in 1998 when I was working at University of Amsterdam on my MA thesis on shame.  While searching for stories on shame I discovered the story of Merope in Greek mythology. Merope was one of the Pleiades, the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione who were changed into doves to protect them from the hunter Orion, and then turned into a star cluster. Whereas all her sisters married gods, Merope wed a mortal, Sisyphus of Corinth, and bore him four children. She is said to be the least visible star in the cluster because she hid in shame at having mated with a mortal.

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