Anonymous asked: Can you tell me about Castor and Pollux's mythology because I'm too lazy
- Castor and Pollux aren’t really twins in mythology they’re…it’s complicated, but they’re still usually referred to as twins even though they aren’t really twins
- They’re either the sons of Tyndareus and Leda (king and queen of Sparta), Zeus and Leda, or Castor was the son of Tyndareus and Pollux was the son of Zeus (making them not twins)
- There’s also a version where it’s Leda and The Swan (aka Zeus in disguise) and Helen (of Troy) and Pollux are born from one egg and Clytemnestra and Castor are born from another. In that version, Helen and Pollux’s father is definitely Zeus but Clytemnestra and Castor’s father is debated. That also means that Helen and Pollux would be twins and Clytemnestra and Castor would be twins, right? And why would Clytemnestra and Castor be hatched from swan eggs when their father is human? Who knows, it’s Greek mythology.
- And apparently their mother was debated over too, most say Leda, but some say Nemesis
- Castor and Pollux are known as the Dioscuri (sons of Zeus but you know, the parents are a series of question marks) or the Tyndaridae (sons of Tyndareus)
- Pollux is known as Polydeuces to the Greeks
- Them and some of their friends saved Helen when she was kidnapped by Theseus
- Castor was a skilled horseman and good at taming and managing horses
- Pollux was a boxer and killed the king of the Bebryces
- They were known for their devotion for each other
- They accompanied the Argonautic expedition (Jason and the Argonauts’ search for the Golden Fleece)
- There was a storm during the voyage and Orpheus prayed to the gods and played his harp and stuff and the storm immediately stopped and stars appeared on/above the heads of the twins
- Because of that they’re recognized as the patron gods of sailors/seamen and voyagers
- St. Elmo’s fire occurs during certain stormy conditions and it appears as a glow on top of tall pointed objects (i.e. ship masts) and is often accompanied by a loud crackling noise, so after the storm on the Argo, sailors believed that St. Elmo’s fire was actually Castor and Pollux coming to save them
- They appeared in many Greek and Roman myths
- They were worshiped as gods who saved shipwrecked sailors and brought favorable winds to those who made sacrifices to them
- The Romans considered them the patron gods of horses and of the Roman social order of mounted knights
- The Romans developed a strong cult around Castor and Pollux that dates back to 484 BCE
- They were said to miraculously appear on the Roman’s side during the Battle of Lake Regillius
- A temple was built to them in the Roman Forum in 414 BCE to thank them for their help in defeating the Latins in the battle of Regillus
- The images of Pollux and Castor appear on many Roman coins
- Some say that they’re both gods (even though Castor dies), but most say that Castor was mortal while Pollux was a god, apparently one twin being a god and immortal is a classical tradition
- There are lots of versions of Castor’s death
- Version 1: the twins wanted to marry their cousins (Phoebe and Hilaria) who were already promised to different cousins ( Idas and Lynceus), so the twins kidnapped the women and brought them to Sparta, and were chased by Idas and Lynceus. There was a fight and both Idas and Lynceus were killed. Castor was fatally wounded and died.
- Version 2: the twins, Idas, and Lynceus (the ones previously mentioned) conducted a cattle raid and their cousins tried to cheat the twins out of their share. The twins decided to take the cattle themselves but were caught as they were sneaking away. A fight broke out and Idas, Lynceus, and Castor were killed.
- There are also different versions of what happens after Castor dies
- Version 1: Castor’s spirit goes to Hades/the Underworld because he’s mortal and Pollux was so devastated that he offers to share his immortality or give it up so he can join his brother in Hades. Zeus took pity on Pollux and declared the twins would take turns living in Hades and with the gods on Olympus. They would switch places daily
- Version 2: Castor remains in Hades and Pollux visits him every other day
- Version 3: Zeus placed the brothers in the heavens as part of the star constellation Gemini.
- Version 4: Either Version 1 or 2 happened and Zeus placed Gemini in the sky to honor the brothers.
- Version 5: They started out with Version 1 and eventually it became Version 2 (Version 4 could still happen)
- The brightest stars in the Gemini constellation are Castor and Pollux.
- The twins appear in Homer’s poems, the play Helen by the Greek playwrite Euripides, Pindar’s Nemean Odes, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, they’re referenced in the Bible, they appear in Edmund Spenser’s poem Prothalamion, and in Jean-Phillipe Rameau’s tragic opera Castor and Pollux (which is based off the twins)
- Castor always dies (in mythology, Percy Jackson, and the Hunger Games)
- Castor means to shine or excel
- Pollux means (very) sweet
- *FUN FACT* on the baby website I looked up their names, most Castor’s siblings are named Pollux (surprise surprise) and Calypso (girls and boys)
Castor and Pollux Myth
So I was looking up the story of Helen of Troy
for reasons that are unimportantand was reading through all the versions.
Basically, Helen and her brother Pollux are born from one egg (long story) and her sister Clytemnestra and her brother Castor are from another. (Helen and Pollux are definitely children of Zeus. Castor and Clytemnestra’s father is debated over. The mother of all of them is debated over too, whether it was the Queen Leda or Nemesis but all of that’s not relevant.)
Her brothers Pollux and Castor.
Pollux and Castor.
So I looked up some more stuff, and they’re twin heroes known as the Dioscuri and they have their own constellation. They appear in Homer’s poems, the play Helenby the Greek playwrite Euripides, Pindar’s Nemean Odes, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, they’re referenced in the Bible, they appear in Edmund Spenser’s poem Prothalamion, and in Jean-Phillipe Rameau’s tragic opera Castor and Pollux (which is based off the twins)
(a ton of myths and info on the twins under the cut. sorry, I nerded out a bit)
ronanzlynch asked: breaking the rules + weight of the world and the pack
He wasn’t like the others. He cared about school and he spoke French and he sometimes read for fun.
He also had more coke in his system than blood and could do wicked tricks in his Golf.
He was also beautiful. His skin was so dark, and blemish free. He hadn’t gone through a pimply puberty phase like the rest of us. He could pass for twenty-one, easy. He didn’t need one of Kavinsky’s fakes. Not that any of us did either.
And he swore like a poet. I could listen to him swear all day.