Phoebe (Leucippid)

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This article is about one of the Leucippides. For other uses, see Phoebe (disambiguation).
Roman sarcophagus with Castor and Pollux seizing Phoebe and Hilaeira, ca. 160.

In Greek mythology, Phoebe was a daughter of Leucippus and Philodice.[1] She and her sister Hilaera are commonly referred to as Leucippides (that is, "daughters of Leucippus").[2]

Phoebe and Hilaera were priestesses of Athena and Artemis, and betrothed to Idas and Lynceus, the sons of Aphareus. Castor and Pollux were charmed by their beauty and carried them off.[3][4] When Idas and Lynceus tried to rescue their brides-to-be they were both slain, but Castor himself fell.[5][6] Pollux persuaded Zeus to allow him to share his immortality with his brother.[7]

Phoebe married Pollux and bore him a son, named either Mnesileos[8] or Mnasinous.[9]


  1. ^ Tzetzes on Lycophron, 511
  2. ^ Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
  3. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3. 13. 4
  4. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 80
  5. ^ Theocritus, Idylls 22. 137 ff
  6. ^ Ovid, Fasti 5. 709 ff
  7. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 80
  8. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3. 13. 4
  9. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece 2. 22. 5

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