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Leda (mythology)

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In Greek mythology, Leda was a Spartan queen, wife of Tyndareus and mother of the double sets of mixed twins, Castor and Polydeuces and Clytemnestra and Helen, as well as Phoebe and Philonoe.

Leda was seduced by Zeus. As the myth developed, it appeared that on a single night Zeus, in the guise of a swan, lay with Leda, who conceived Polydeuces (Pollux) and Helen "of Troy" (collectively know as the Dioscori), and her mortal husband, Tyndareus, king of Sparta, lay with his wife too, with whom she conceived Castor and Clytemnestra. Thus one set of twins were wholly mortal, the other set half-immortal. Homer (Odyssey XI, 298) gives a simpler earlier version.

See also Leda and the Swan for the motif in the visual arts and the poem by William Yeats.

References

Harry Thurston Peck, Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, 1898.da:Leda de:Leda (Mythologie) fr:Lda (mythologie) it:Leda nl:Leda pl:Leda (mitologia) pt:Leda sv:Leda zh:勒达

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