A surname or epithet of the gods in general, characterizing them as the rulers of the world; but the plural forms, Anakes (Ἄνακες), or Anaktes (Ἄνακτες), or Anakes paides (Ἄνακες παῖδες), were used to designate the Dioscuri.1

In the second of the passages of Pausanias here referred to, in which he speaks of a temple of the Ἄνακες παῖδες at Amphissa, he states, that it was a doubtful point whether they were the Dioscuri, the Curetes, or the Cabeiri; and from this circumstance a connexion between Amphissa and Samothrace has been inferred.2



  1. Pausanias. Description of Greece ii, 22.7; x, 38.3; Cicero. On the Nature of the Gods iii, 31; Aelian. Varia Historia v, 4; Plutarch. Theseus, 33.
  2. Comp. Eustathius on Homer, pp. 182, 1598.


  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.