"Daughters of Leucippus." That is, the daughters of the Messenian prince Leucippus.1 Their names were Phoebe and Hilaeira, and they were priestesses of Athena and Artemis, and betrothed to Idas and Lynceus, the sons of Aphareus; but Castor and Polydeuces being charmed with their beauty, carried them off and married them.2 When the sons of Aphareus attempted to rescue their beloved brides, they were both slain by the Dioscuri.3



  1. Euripides. Helen, 1467.
  2. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 12.8, 10.3; Pausanias. Description of Greece i, 18.1.
  3. Hyginus. Fabulae, 80; Lactantius. Divine Institutes i, 10; Ovid. Heroides xvi, 327; Fasti v, 709; Theocritus, xxii, 137 ff.; Sextus Propertius. Elegies i, 2.15 ff.


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

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