Goddess of the Moon, in Phoenician mythology.
With these in troop Came Astoreth, whom the Phoenicians called Astartë, queen of heaven, with crescent horns.
Milton: Paradise Lost, i. 437–9.
The lady beloved by Manfred. In order to see and speak to her, the magician entered the hall of Arimanes, and the spirits called up the phantom of the young lady, which told the count that “to-morrow would end his earthly ills.” When Manfred asked her if she loved him, she sighed “Manfred,” and vanished.
“Astarte, my beloved, speak to me.” Manfred. ii.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894