Tyndareus

Greek - A king of Sparta with Icarius. Son of Oebalus or Perieres and Gorgophone or Batia. Brother of Aphareus, Hippocoon, Icarius and Leucippus. Husband of Leda. Father of Philonöe, Phoebe and Timandra. He was banished from Sparta by Hippocoon and fled to Aetolia where he married Leda. Of the four children born to his wife Leda, there are conflicting stories. In some, they are the natural parents of Clytemnestra only, in others of both Clytemnestra and Castor and in others of these two and Polydeuces, the fair Helen being the daughter of Zeus and Leda. It seems most likely that Clytemnestra and Castor were the children of Tyndareus and that Zeus was the father of Helen and Polydeuces, with Tyndareus adopting Polydeuces as his own son. He sheltered Agamemnon and Menelaus who fled to Sparta when Aegisthus killed their father Atreus and later he helped them to recover their father's throne. Heracles killed Hippocoon and his sons and restored Tyndareus and his brother Icarius to the throne. Tyndareus finally abdicated in favour of Menelaus. So many princes wanted to marry Helen that he had them all stand on the skin of a sacrificial animal and swear to support whichever of them was chosen as her husband. She married Menelaus and, when she was later abducted by Paris, they were reminded of their oath and rallied to the Greek cause against the Trojans. On occassion, identified as Tyndareus, Tyndareos, Tyndareos, Tyndareus, Zeus, Zeus, Aether, Ahura Mazda, Aktaios, Basileus, Dios, Dyaus, Ether, King of Men, Lord of the Sky, Lykaios, Maimaktes, Meilichios, Olympios, Polieus, Zio, Aether, Agoraios, Alastor, Apomyios, Boracus, Boulaios, Cloud-Gatherer, Dictaeus, Eleutherios, Ephestios, Ether, Gamelios, Herkeios, Horios, Kataibates, Keraunos, Khesios, Lord of the Sky, Marnos, Me(i)lichios, Nephelegeretes, Nicophoros, Ombrios, Panomphaean, Pater, Phratrios, Pilar, Pistios, PolieusSabazios, Sabazius, Soter, Talaios, Tele(i)os, Thunderer, Tritos, Xenios, Zagreus, Zan, Egyptian Amon, Etruscan Tinia, Hindu Dyaus, Lycian Cragus, Persian Ahura Mazda, Roman Diu-pater, Jupiter or Q're.
Greek - A name for Zeus as 'thunderer'. At times, known as Tyndareus, Tyndareos, Tyndareos, Tyndareus, Zeus, Zeus, Aether, Ahura Mazda, Aktaios, Basileus, Dios, Dyaus, Ether, King of Men, Lord of the Sky, Lykaios, Maimaktes, Meilichios, Olympios, Polieus, Zio, Aether, Agoraios, Alastor, Apomyios, Boracus, Boulaios, Cloud-Gatherer, Dictaeus, Eleutherios, Ephestios, Ether, Gamelios, Herkeios, Horios, Kataibates, Keraunos, Khesios, Lord of the Sky, Marnos, Me(i)lichios, Nephelegeretes, Nicophoros, Ombrios, Panomphaean, Pater, Phratrios, Pilar, Pistios, PolieusSabazios, Sabazius, Soter, Talaios, Tele(i)os, Thunderer, Tritos, Xenios, Zagreus, Zan, Egyptian Amon, Etruscan Tinia, Hindu Dyaus, Lycian Cragus, Persian Ahura Mazda, Roman Diu-pater, Jupiter or Q're.

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