L e d a
Leda was the wife of the Spartan
By Zeus, who came to her in the form
of a swan, she was mother of Castor and Pollux.
In another story she was the mother
by Zeus of Pollux and Helen, and by Tyndareus of Castor and Clytemnestra.
and the Swan by Leonardo (c.1505-1510)
daughter of Thestius:
mother of Castor and Pollux by Zeus:
wife of Tyndareus:
Zeus as a swan consorts with her: Apollod.
gives birth to egg: Paus.
nurse, not mother, of Helen:
she bears Pollux and Helen to Zeus, and Castor and Clytaemnestra to Tyndareus:
Leda the wife of Tyndarus, who bore him two famous sons, Castor breaker
of horses, and Pollux the mighty boxer. Homer,
The Odyssey (ed. Samuel Butler): book 11, line 298 [Scroll 11]
neat ankled: Homeric
Hymns : hymn 33 [To the Dioscuri]
Helen, the child of Leda. P.
Vergilius Maro, Aeneid: book 7, line 341
and the swan Sculpture from Svoronos 1903-12, pl. 81
and the egg From Caskey & Beazley, plate XCIX.
and the swan Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, California
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