Pausanias states that in the middle of the 2nd century AD, the remains of an egg-shell, tied up in ribbons, were still suspended from the roof of a temple on the Spartan acropolis.People believed that this was "the famous egg that legend says Leda brought forth".In medieval illustrations, this event was frequently portrayed as a seduction, whereas in Renaissance paintings it was usually depicted as a "rape" (i. Elmo's fire) and sister of the Dioscuri, the other a vegetation goddess worshiped in Therapne as Ἑλένα Δενδρῖτις ("Helena of the Trees").None of the etymological sources appear to support the existence, save as a coincidence only, of a connection between the name of Helen and the name by which the classical Greeks commonly described themselves, namely Hellenes, after Hellen ( Her name first appears in the poems of Homer but scholars assume that such myths derive from earlier Mycenaean Greek sources.Archaeologists have unsuccessfully looked for a Mycenaean palatial complex buried beneath present-day Sparta. Euripides' play Helen, written in the late 5th century BC, is the earliest source to report the most familiar account of Helen's birth: that, although her putative father was Tyndareus, she was actually Zeus' daughter.In the form of a swan, the king of gods was chased by an eagle, and sought refuge with Leda. Leda then produced an egg, from which Helen emerged.The date of the Cypria is uncertain, but it is generally thought to preserve traditions that date back to at least the 7th century BC.In the Cypria, Nemesis did not wish to mate with Zeus.
The kings, queens, and heroes of the Trojan Cycle are often related to the gods, since divine origins gave stature to the Greeks' heroic ancestors.The First Vatican Mythographer introduces the notion that two eggs came from the union: one containing Castor and Pollux; one with Helen and Clytemnestra.Nevertheless, the same author earlier states that Helen, Castor and Pollux were produced from a single egg. The most compatible signs with Capricorn are generally considered to be Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio, and Pisces.
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