Polydeuces


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Polydeuces

(pŏl'ĭdo͞o`sēs): see Castor and PolluxCastor and Pollux
, in classical mythology, twin heroes called the Dioscuri; Castor was the son of Leda and Tyndareus, Pollux the son of Leda and Zeus. They were brothers to Helen and Clytemnestra. Castor excelled as a horseman and Pollux as a boxer.
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Polydeuces

 

(called Pollux in Roman mythology), in Greek mythology, one of the Heavenly Twins known as the Dioscuri; the other twin was Castor.

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The epigram closes with a mock-solemn and hyperbolic suppliant's prayer, in the name of that other 'boxer' Polydeuces, his twin Castor, and Zeus, to some unspecified rescuer, who is begged to beat the boxing tenant off (ton pukthn apokrouson, 9), so that the poet can collect the rent safely each month.
Then Euripides brings two gods on stage, Castor and Polydeuces, to settle the matter.
Polydeuces accepted the challenge and quickly killed Amycus.
They also found, upon examining the motion of four tiny Saturnian moons - Telesto, Calypso, Helene and Polydeuces - that the orbits of these objects were being disturbed by the gas giant's tidal bulges.
131-40) interprets the comparison with Castor and Polydeuces as an allusion to Theocr.
Later they quarreled with another pair of twins, Lynceus and Idas; in the ensuing fight, all but Polydeuces were killed.