Leucippus (mythology)

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In Greek mythology, Leucippus (Greek: Λεύκιππος Leukippos) was a name attributed to multiple characters, the most prominent of whom was Leucippus, father of the two Leucippides.

Father of the Leucippides[edit]

Roman sarcophagus with Castor and Pollux seizing the daughters of Leucippus, c. 160 CE.

Leucippus, son of Gorgophone and Perieres, was the father of Phoebe and Hilaeira, and also of Arsinoe, mother (in some versions of the myth) of Asclepius,[1] and Eriopis(daughter by Apollo) by his wife Philodice, daughter of Inachus.[2]

Castor and Polydeuces abducted and married Phoebe and Hilaeira, the daughters of Leucippus. In return, Idas and Lynceus, nephews of Leucippus and rival suitors, killed Castor. Polydeuces was granted immortality by Zeus, and further persuaded Zeus to share his gift with Castor.[3]

Other characters[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3. 10. 3
  2. ^ Tzetzes on Lycophron, 511
  3. ^ Ovid. Metamorphoses. Book VIII, 306.
  4. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3. 7. 8
  5. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae, 173
  6. ^ Antoninus Liberalis, Metamorphoses, 17
  7. ^ R.F. Willetts (1963). Cretan Cults and Festivals, 175.
  8. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 8. 20. 2
  9. ^ Parthenius, Love Romances, 15
  10. ^ Plutarch, Quaestiones Graecae, 37
  11. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 2. 5. 5
  12. ^ Parthenius, Love Romances, 5
  13. ^ Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, 5. 81
  14. ^ Diodorus Siculus, Library of History, 5. 51
  15. ^ Tzetzes on Lycophron, 886