Study Guide

Castor and Pollux (The Dioscuri)

  • Profile

    Castor and Pollux (or Polydeuces) are tight as tight can be. From the day they hatched out of the same egg, these twin boys have been inseparable. Also known as the Dioscuri, the twins were pretty major Greek heroes and were worshipped all over the place. We can see why. Not only did they rescue their sister Helen from Theseus, they also helped hunt the Calydonian Boar and went on the Quest for the Golden Fleece with Jason and the Argonauts. These days, the Dioscuri are kicking it together in the sky, where they watch over sailors and horsemen as the constellation Gemini.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Castor and Pollux (Polydeuces)

    Nickname

    The Dioscuri, the Twins, Gemini Guys, Egg Heads

    Sex

     Males

    Current city

    The stars

    and/or

    One of us lives in the Underworld, while the other lives on Olympus. We trade places every day.

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Princes of Sparta
    Warriors
    Horsemen

    Education

    The Zeus School of Power

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Spartan Power Party

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Zeus (Dad)
    Leda (Mom)
    Some say King Tyndareus was Castor's dad.

    Siblings

    Each other
    Helen
    Clytemnestra

    Children

    Castor had Anogon with Hilaeria
    Pollux had Mnesileos with Phoebe

    Friends

    Jason and the Argonauts

    Enemies

    Theseus and Pirithous (who kidnapped our sister Helen)
    Paris (who also took off with Helen)
    Lynceus and Idas (our jerk cousins who don't know proper etiquette when cattle rustling)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Castor married Hilaeria
    Pollux married Phoebe

    Interested in

    We're pretty open: nymphs, goddesses, lovely young mortal women…

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Pro Boxing 
    Six Feet Under 
    Friday Night Lights 

    Quotations

    "All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born a twin."
    – Lord Byron

    "Am I my brother's keeper?"
    – Cain, Genesis 4:9 

    "Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother."
    – Kahlil Gibran

    "Half the failures in life arise from pulling in one's horse as he is leaping."
    – August Hare

    "I wonder which brother is better,
    Which one our parents love the most.
    I sure did get in lots of trouble.
    They seemed to let the other go.

    A tear fell from my father's eyes.
    I wondered what my dad would say.
    He said I love you,
    And I'm proud of you both,
    in so many different ways."
    – from "Murder in the City" by The Avett Brothers

    Books

    "Leda and the Swan" by William Butler Yeats (Here's a poem about when we were conceived. Is it weird that we like this?) 
    The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky 
    Two Gentlemen of Verona by Williams Shakespeare  
    The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (Three? Pishaww...we only needed two.) 
    "Beat! Beat! Drums!" by Walt Whitman 
    Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott  
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard 
    "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas 
    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 
    Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett 
    "Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred Lord Tennyson 

    Music

    Murder in the City by the Avett Brothers 
    Right Where I Belong by the Constellations 
    Some Nights by Fun. 
    Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J (in honor of when Pollux gave Amycus a K.O.) 
    You've Got a Friend by James Taylor 
    Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes 
    Die Young by Ke$ha 
    Gangnam Style by Psy 

    Movies

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (We love a good buddy pic.) 
    I Love You, Man 
    Rocky 
    The Shawshank Redemption 
    Twins 
    Taken (Liam Neeson thinks he's tough, but you should've seen how awesome we were when we rescued Helen from Athens.)
    Raiders of the Lost Ark 
    The Blues Brothers 
    Fight Club (Pollux could totally take Brad Pitt.) 

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Omelets
    St. Elmo's Fire
    Horses
    The Kentucky Derby

    Interests

    Horsemanship
    Astronomy
    Astrology

    Groups

    Heroes
    Twins
    Horse Lovers 
    Constellations

    • Spotter's Guide

      These days, Castor and Pollux are easiest to find by looking up into the night sky, where they shine as the constellation Gemini. Back when they were still flexing their muscles on Earth, they were lean, clean-shaven, and handsome. The twins were almost always together and usually brought their horses wherever they went. Apparently, they sometimes wore helmets made out of the egg they were born from. Which is weirder: being born from an egg or wearing it on your head afterward?

      Sex: Males
      Age: Twenties
      Build: Toned
      Complexion: Tan
      Hair Color: Blonde
      Facial Hair: Beards
      Scars/marks/tattoos: A few battle scars
      Jewelry and accessories: Egg helmets
      Clothing: Robes
      Armor: Shining
      Type of Weapon: Sword, shield, spear

      Typical Companions

      Each other
      Horses
      The Argonauts

      Known Hangouts

      Sparta
      Olympus
      The Underworld
      The night sky

    • Sightings

      Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Library of History by Diodorus Siculus

      High seas adventures abound in this text, when the Argonauts get stuck in a crazy storm and are saved after two stars settle on the heads of Castor and Pollux.

      Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Argonautica by Valerius Flaccus

      Pollux gives the giant King Amycus a knockout blow in this ancient poem about the Quest for the Golden Fleece.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 0099

      Fabulae by Hyginus

      Read all about Castor and Pollux's adventures in wife-napping in this ancient text.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 0099

      Fasti by Ovid

      Ovid tells us how C and P became constellations after they died. (Some people have all the fun.)

      Dec 20, 1998

      Hercules (the animated series)

      In this Disney-fied version of the life of young Hercules, the Dioscuri help rescue their sister Helen when she's kidnapped by the rival Trojan basketball team.

      Dec 20, 1999

      Xena: Warrior Princess

      Castor and Pollux get involved when Aphrodite switches Xena into the body of a dying girl in an episode called "Little Problems." (Sounds like a big problem to us.)

      Dec 20, 2019

      Jason and the Argonauts

      The Dioscuri set sail with Jason and his famous crew on the Quest for the Golden Fleece in this TV miniseries.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Helen of Troy

      Pollux pops up in this TV miniseries about his sexy sister. (Wait, where's Castor?)