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Leda (mythology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (438 words)
In Greek mythology, Leda was the daughter of the Aetolian king Thestius, and the wife of Tyndareus, the king of Sparta.
Leda was loved by Zeus, who seduced her in the guise of a swan.
Leda and the swan and Leda and the egg were popular subjects in the ancient art.
Mythography | The Greek Heroine Leda in Myth and Art (454 words)
Leda was the mother to many noble children, including the famous beauty Helen, the heroine Clytemnestra, and the twins Castor and Polydeuces (the pair, incidentally, were also known as the Dioscuri).
According to myth, Leda was approached by the god Zeus while he was masquerading as a swan.
Here is another poetic plot twist - the legend is that Helen was born from an egg because her father Zeus appeared as a swan when he impregnated Leda (it should be mentioned that some versions of the tale instead claim that it was the goddess Nemesis who laid the egg from which Helen hatched).
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