Alcyone was the daughter of Aeolus and either Enarete or Aegiale, in Greek mythology. She was the wife of Ceyx, son of Phosphorus. Alcyone and Ceyx would often refer to themselves as "Zeus" and "Hera", which enraged the god of gods. As a punishment, Zeus threw a thunderbolt burning Ceyx' ship, and killing him. Later, either Ceyx in ghost form or the god of dreams Morpheus taking Ceyx' form appeared in front of Alcyone, informing her of what had happened. Alcyone was overtaken by grief and killed herself by falling in the sea. The gods, feeling sorry for the couple's fate, transformed them into halcyon birds; the legend has it that the halcyon birds build nests when the sea is calm, exactly because they both drowned at sea.
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