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ID: 901000815
Page link: http://vocab.getty.edu/page/ia/901000815
Record Type: Character/Person

Dioscuri (Greco-Roman deities)

Note: In Greek and Roman mythology, twin deities who succoured shipwrecked sailors and received sacrifices for favorable winds. They were the children of Leda and either Zeus, the king of the gods, or Tyndareus, Leda’s mortal husband and the king of Lacedaemon. According to the usual version, Castor was the son of Tyndareus and thus was mortal, while Pollux was the son of Zeus (who famously had approached Leda in the form of a swan). Both brothers were fine horsemen, and Pollux was an unrivaled boxer. They took part in the hunting of the Calydonian boar.

Names:
Dioscuri (Greco-Roman deities) (preferred,English-P,D,N)
Dioskouroi (Greco-Roman deities) (English,U,N)
Castor and Pollux (Greco-Roman deities) (English,U,N)
Castor and Polydeuces (Greco-Roman deities) (English,U,N)

Hierarchical Position:
Legend, Religion, Mythology (P)
....<Greek iconography> (P)
........<Greek characters> (G)
............Dioscuri (Greco-Roman deities) (I)
Related Iconography:
is actor for .... Calydonian Boar Hunt
..........(Legend, Religion, Mythology, Greek iconography, Greek narratives, Calydonian Boar Hunt (Greek narrative)) [901000812]
related to .... Leda and the Swan
..........(Legend, Religion, Mythology, Greek iconography, Greek narratives, Leda and the Swan (Greco-Roman narrative)) [901000687]
child of .... Zeus
..........(Legend, Religion, Mythology, Greek iconography, Greek characters, Zeus (Greek deity)) [901000671]
child of .... Leda
..........(Legend, Religion, Mythology, Greek iconography, Greek characters, Leda (Greek character)) [901001941]

Other Relationships:
culture/religion is .... Greco-Roman
.....(Ancient Italian, Mediterranean (Early Western World), Early Western World, styles, periods, and cultures by region, Styles and Periods (hierarchy name)) (AAT)
role/characteristic is .... twins
.....(siblings (people), people by family relationship, people (agents), People (hierarchy name)) (AAT)
role/characteristic is .... deities
.....(people in religion, people in religion and related occupations, people in the humanities, people by occupation, people (agents), People (hierarchy name)) (AAT)

Sources:
Dioscuri (Greco-Roman deities)
................Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-)
................Metropolitan Museum of Art [online] (2001-)
................J. Paul Getty Museum, collections online (2000-) http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/19991/unknown-maker-didrachm-roman-225-212-bc/
Dioskouroi (Greco-Roman deities)
................Library of Congress Authorities online (2002-)
Castor and Pollux (Greco-Roman deities)
................Iconclass 2100 Browser (2009-) 94R(story of) the Dioscuri: Castor ... and Pollux ...
Castor and Polydeuces (Greco-Roman deities)
................Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-)
Iconography Record Sources:
................ Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-) "Dioscuri," accessed 8 July 2017
................ J. Paul Getty Museum, collections online (2000-) http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/19991/unknown-maker-didrachm-roman-225-212-bc/

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