Lawrence Chaplin/The Dioscuri. 40"X44.5" Oil on Masonite, $5000

The Dioscuri were Castor and Pollux, the twin sons of Leda and Zeus and the brothers of Helen of Troy. Because Zeus came to Leda disguised as a swan, they are sometimes presented as having been born from an egg. Pollux was a tenacious boxer, and Castor was an astute horseman. Together, they were the "Heavenly Twins," generally associated with the constellation Gemini. It is said that when Pollux was granted immortality by Zeus he convinced Zeus to allow him to share the honour with his brother Castor. Regretably, Zeus then had the two spend alternate days on Olympus (as gods) and in Hades (as deceased mortals.)