Polydeuces

Greek - A horse-god. Patron of bards and sailors. Son of Zeus (as a swan) and Leda or by her husband, Tyndareus and Leda. Brother of Castor and Helen. He was one of the party in the hunt for the Calydonian boar. He was one of the Argonauts and accepted the challenge to a boxing match with King Amycus who had the habit of winning such fights and throwing the losers over a cliff. Polydeuces was a champion boxer and not only won the bout but killed his opponent. When Helen was abducted by Peirithous and Theseus, he and his brother invaded Aphidnae where she was kept and rescued her. He killed Lynceus in a dispute over some stolen cattle or when he and Castor abducted Phoebe and Hilaeria and he fathered Mnesileos on Phoebe. After the death of Castor they both spent alternate periods in Hades and on Olympus so that they could always be together. He was deified by Zeus and set in the heavens with his brother Castor as the Twins (Gemini). In this context, they are usually referred to as Castor and Pollux. Sometimes called Polydeuces, Poludeukes, Poludeukes, Amphion, Amphion, Roman Pollux or Roman Pollux.

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