Study Guide

The Dioscuri (Castor and Pollux)

  • Introduction

    These days we can't get enough of stars, right? We ogle them on TV screens, movie screens, magazine covers, packed stadiums, and the paparazzi hound them everywhere they go. We've got all kinds of stars these days—movie stars, sports stars, rock stars, pop stars—you name it. Even if you aren't one of those people who are totally addicted to pop culture, we're guessing you've got some famous person who you admire out there. A long dead writer, musician, or artist maybe?

    There's no doubt that Castor and Pollux, a.k.a. the Dioscuri, were major stars back in the ancient world. Back in the day, they took star worship to the next level. They like, literally worshiped them. The Dioscuri were thought of as more than just awesome heroes who did a lot of cool stuff like, for starters, get hatched from from an egg, and go on epic quests like the Quest for the Fleece and the Calydonian Boar Hunt. These dudes were so popular they actually became gods and were eventually awarded by becoming the real stars of the constellation Gemini. (Beat that, Justin Bieber.)