Alcyone is Ceyx’s wife. She is extremely devoted to her husband and suffers when he leaves her to visit Apollo’s temple. She prays every day for his return, not knowing that he has already died at sea. Juno tires of Alcyone’s prayers and finally sends the image of Ceyx’s ghost to Alcyone in her dreams, thus informing her of her husband’s death. Alcyone goes down to the sea to mourn where she encounters Ceyx’s body floating to shore. She jumps to meet him, and the couple transform into birds.
Alcyone Character Timeline in Metamorphoses
The timeline below shows where the character Alcyone appears in Metamorphoses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 11: Peleus at the Court of Ceyx (2)
Book 11: Ceyx and Alcyone
...barely open his drowsy eyes. Iris gives Sleep Juno’s message, asking him to appear in Alcyone’s dream disguised as Ceyx’s ghost. Sleep looks around at the various dream gods and chooses... (full context)
Book 11: Aesacus