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.

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