Leda
(3,388 words)

(Λήδα [Lḗda]; Latin Leda)

A. Myth

L. is the daughter of Thestius, king of Aetolia, and Eurythemis (Apollod. 1,7,10). Thestius marries her to Tyndareos, who fled to Aetolia after being driven from Sparta by Hippocoön. After the latter’s murder by Heracles, the couple returns to Sparta (Apollod. 3,10,5). L. has Timandra, Philonoë, Clytaemnestra (Agamemnon and Clytaemnestra) and Castor (Castor and Polydeuces) by Tyndareos, and Polydeuces and Helen by Zeus (Apollod 3,10,6–7; Hyg. Fab. 77). Castor is also called a s…

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Schneider, Steffen, “Leda”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps4_e633400>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111



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