The Illiad and The Trojan War Notes by Dr. Honora M. Finkelstein 2 - Relationships of the Children of Zeus and Leda Zeus came to the human woman Leda disguised as a swan. After their lovemaking, Leda gave birth to two eggs, one containing Castor and Clytemnestra and one containing Helen and Pollux (some stories say the two girls were in one egg and the two boys were in the other).  Helen was the most beautiful woman in the world, and this is why when she was of marriageable age, her stepfather Tyndareus, who became Leda’s husband, made all Helen’s suitors swear to support whoever became her husband in case there was ever any trouble. Then he married her to Menelaus, brother of Agamemnon. This was the background for the Trojan War (see The Judgment of Paris below.) Clytemnestra was married to Agamemnon. When the Trojan War began, he had set sail with his troops, but the goddess Artemis was angry at the Greeks for their having killed a hare and its babies, so she wanted a sacrifice of a royal maiden. Agamemnon sent for his daughter Iphigenia, telling Clytemnestra he was marrying her to the warrior Achilles. When Iphigenia came, the Greeks sacrificed her to the goddess. This calmed the winds so the Greeks could sail for Troy.  It also really burned Clytemnestra, who held a grudge for the next 10 years. Clytemnestra arranged to have Agamemnon killed when he returned from the Trojan War; early stories say her reason was that she had been having a long-standing affair with Aegisthus, but later cultures gave her the excuse that she was still angry at him for having lied to her in making her send their daughter Iphigenia for sacrifice. The other children of Zeus and Leda were Castor and Pollux, later known as the Gemini twins. When Pollux died, Castor, out of great love for his brother, went to the underworld to retrieve him.  They are another pair who spend half the year in the underworld and half the year on Mt. Olympus, in this case as the constellation of the Gemini. This is another story that explains an aspect of astrology, wherein the constellation is not visible for a part of the year. Made with Xara Website by Susan Smily