THE ANCIENT MYTH OF
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
The Dioscuri - Greek Mythology
Among the number of recorded sons fathered by Zeus, the
King of Gods in the Greek Mythology, Kastor, and Polydeuces (Castor and Pollux)
are also famous for being half-brothers of Helen of Troy, daughter of Leda and
Tyndareus, King of Sparta.
The myth says that the night when Tyndareus was
making love to Leda, Zeus was watching them and immediately after he took the
form of a swan to seduce her resulting in the birth of the twin brothers later
called "The Dioscuri" (youths of Zeus).
Historians believe that Leda produced two eggs from
which Castor and Pollux hatched because ancient pottery, engraves, paintings,
and coins depict them with a skullcap, probably remnants of such eggs, or
perhaps they were hatched from a single egg. Either way, one of the children was
mortal and the other immortal.
It is unclear if Pollux was the son granted with
immortality, although the common belief is that Tyndareus and Leda conceived
Castor. Brotherhood between Castor and Pollux was undeniable. They never
competed or rivaled for leadership, being highly affectionate and consulting
each other before acting.
The Dioscuri received from their uncle Poseidon the
power to lessen waves and winds in the ocean to protect shipwrecked men, the
ability that gained them a reputation as the "Heavenly Twins" later associated
to the Gemini constellation.
Castor was a great horseman and Pollux a skilled
boxer, so when Theseus abducted their sister Helen, they rescued her after going
to the underworld and abducting Aethra, Theseus' mother. Eventually, Aethra
became Helen's maid and followed her to Troy.
The Dioscuri accompanied Jason during his voyage on the Argo assisting Peleus,
one of the Argonauts. They were also in the service of the Goddesses inventing
the Korybantes (war dances) to honor Cybele.
Castor and Pollux abducted and married Phoebe and
Hilaeira, daughters of Leucippus, an action after which Idas killed Castor in a
battle with Leucippus' nephews. Pollux went to Mount Olympus and convinced Zeus
to allow him to share his immortality with Castor.
Zeus got mad, then killed Idas with a thunderbolt
and granted immortality to Castor with the condition that both Dioscuri shared
alternate days as gods in the Olympus and deceased mortals in the underworld.
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