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a small satellite of Jupiter, discovered in 1979
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  • Goethe admired him, and Herder devoted a chapter to him in his adrastea of 1802.

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  • She is likewise called adrastea, because Adrastus, king of Argos, first raised an altar to her.

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"nemesis," daughter of Zeus, distributor of rewards and punishments, from Greek Adrasteia, literally "she from whom there is no escape," from adrastos "not running away," from privative prefix a- + stem of drasmos "a running away," related to dromos "course" (see dromedary).

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