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Castor and Pollux

CASTOR AND POLLUX (kăs'têr, pŏl'ŭks, Gr. Dioskyroi, sons of Zeus). In Greek mythology they were sons of Zeus by Leda, one of his numerous mistresses. Castor was a horseman and Pollux an adept boxer. They were later put in the sky in the constellation known as “Gemini,” “the Twins,” and were considered as tutelary deities favorable to sailors, a fact that explains why the ship mentioned in Acts.28.11, in which Paul sailed, was named in their honor. St. Elmo’s fire used to be credited to Castor and Pollux.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

kas’-ter, pol’-uks.

See Dioscuri; Astronomy.

See also

  • Dioscuri