Sunday, February 7, 2010

Myths and Legends: Leda and the Swan

Leda and the Swan. To find out more about Leda and Zeus disguised as a swan, see this Wikipedia article: link; for information about the image: image source.

This shows one of Zeus' most famous seductions, in which he disguised himself as a swan: as a result of this union, Leda, the wife of King Tyndareus of Sparta, hatched two eggs. From these eggs came Helen (the future "Helen of Troy) and her sister Clytemnestra (future wife of Agamemnon), along with the divine twins Castor and Pollux.

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