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.
accepted the challenge and quickly killed Amycus.
They sailed with the Argonauts, and it was Polydeuces, a great boxer, who killed Amycus, the brutal Bebrycian king, in a boxing match.
Castor and Polydeuces became patron gods of mariners, appearing in St.
The relationship between the idyll and the Argonautica has, in fact, engendered considerable discussion, which has naturally focused on the manifestly connected accounts of Polydeuces' boxing match with Amycus related in Id.
2.162)--not, as in Theocritus, on the occasion of the Argonauts' arrival, but instead at the conclusion of the episode, as the Argonauts celebrate Polydeuces' victory and the routing of the Bebrycians immediately before they depart.
Similarly, the Dioscuri's athleticism is clearly exemplified by Polydeuces' boxing ability, emphasized by the narrator earlier in the poem: (eleven unconvertible words in Greek character) (2-3).