LEUCIPPIDES

ΛΕΥΚΙΠΠΙΔΕΣ

That is, the daughters of the Messenian prince Leucippus. (Eurip. Helen. 1467.) Their names were Phoebe and Hilaeira, and they were priestesses of Athena and Artemis, and betrothed to Idas and Lynceus, the sons.of Aphareus; but Castor and Polydeuces being charmed with their beauty, carried them off and married them. (Apollod. iii. 12. § 8, 10. § 3; Paus. i. 18. § 1.) When the sons of Aphareus attempted to rescue their beloved brides, they were both slain by the Dioscuri. (Hygin. Fab. 80; Lactant. i. 10; Ov. Heroid. xvi. 327, Fast. v. 709; Theocrit.xxii. 137,&c.; Propert. i.2.15,&c.)

Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus, by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Flemish Baroque painter

Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus, by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Flemish Baroque painter