The Dioskouroi

Blessing: The sons of Zeus were great warriors, horsemen, boxers, wrestlers, cattle-thieves, and sailors. They value physical prowess, courage, and daring. They appear to sailors in the form of phosphorous balls — one to indicate an ill-omen, two to indicate a safe passage. They were associated with the two kings of Sparta, and so added kingship and justice to their sphere of influence.

Epithets: Theoi Megaloi (The Great Gods), Anaktes Paides (Boy Kings), Amboulioi (Counsellors), Sôteroi (Saviors),  Aphethrioi (Starters [of the races]), Lapersai (Of Las [referring to their cult in Sparta])

Equated with: Sobek, The Asvins

Associations: a double cross, horses, boxing gloves, St Elmo’s fire, egg, horse, alexanderite, tourmaline, Iceland spar, hybrid plants, orchids, wormwood

Naukrateia (13 Panēmos)
Pharia (8 Audēnaios)
Suarentaro (29-31 May)

Ways to honor: Boxing, horse-riding, boating, and other athletic activities are good ways to honor them, as is watching these events. Be strong and daring, throwing caution to the wind. Respect your siblings. Help those in obvious peril.

Ancient Texts: Forthcoming

Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Texts: Forthcoming

Modern Texts:

The Dioskouroi by P Sufenas Virius Lupus

The Epiphany of The Dioskouroi by P Sufenas Virius Lupus

Hymn to The Dioskouroi I by Rebecca Buchanan

Prayer to The Dioskouroi by John Drury

To The Dioskouroi by John Drury

Festivals and Rituals:

Suarentaro by John Drury


The Dioskouroi: A Brief Introduction by John Drury

Links: entry on the Dioskouroi

Wikipedia entry on the Dioskouroi

Carlos Parada on the Dioskouroi

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