Venus was fleeing with her child Cupid
from Typhon, and came to the Euphrates.
Leaping into the river, the river nymphs
sent fish to lift them. The fish
were rewarded, transformed into the constellation Pisces.
This story is told by Ovid. He calls Venus Dione and she was also known as Aphrodite Cupid is also known in myth as Eros. The Euphrates River is in Syria and because these two fish saved them and were given eternal life as the constellation Pisces, Syrians will often eat no fish.