Alexiares and Anicetus

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Alexiares and Anicetus (Ἀλεξιάρης Alexiarês and Ανικητος Anikêtos) are minor deities in Greek Mythology. Alexiares and Anicetus are the twin sons of Heracles the strongest mortal to live also one of the greatest Greek heroes and Hebe the goddess of youth the server of Ambrosia and nectar to the other Olympian gods. Along with their father Hercules, they the guardians of Mount Olympus the pair may have been regarded as the gatekeepers of Olympus, a role which was often assigned to their immortal father. They were born after the hero's mortal death and when he was given the gift of immortality (which made him a god) and rose to Olympus, and his marriage to the goddess Hebe. Their names mean "he who wards off war" and "the unconquerable one" respectively. They remained eternally children, because of their mother's connection with youth.

They were worshiped the most in Thebes and Rhodes it is possible they claimed to rule much of Greece and were considered founders of many of the major cities. Their powers were said to be youth and sports and possibly they may have inherited their father's great strength. Little is known about them besides a mention of their birth in the Bibliotheca: Heracles achieved immortality, and when Hera’s enmity changed to friendship, he married her daughter Hebe, who bore him sons Alexiares and Anicetus.[1]

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  1. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca, 2. 7. 7