Greek for "Bearkeeper", the bear is the constellation Ursa Major
(the Great Bear). Arcturus is the brightest star in Bootes and the fourth brightest
star in the sky. Bootes is called the Hunter and, with his hounds Canes and
Venatici, eternally circles the Bears, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, around the
North Pole. He is also called the Herdsman and his journey around the pole represents
his task of keeping the celestial beasts together. Another legend says that
Bootes was the son of Zeus and Callisto. Hera changed Callisto into a bear who
was almost killed by Boötes when he was out hunting. Fortunately, she was
rescued by Zeus who took her into the sky where she is now known as Ursa Major,
the Great Bear.
Another myth claims that Bootes was the son of Demeter, the goddess of agriculture who he was given a place in the sky for inventing the plow.