Leda

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Leda [r]: From Greek mythology, she was the wife of Tyndareus and mother of Clytemnestra and Helen of Troy, and had two sons Castor and Pollux. Zeus made himself look like a swan, and Helen was hatched from an egg. [e]

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(PD) Photo of a painting: Antonio da Correggio
Zeus transformed himself into a swan, to seduce Leda; this is one of many tales of gods and goddesses, humans, hybrids, mystical forces, sea creatures, nymphs, winged avengers such as Harpies and more which formed the basis of Greek culture. These stories have been a vital part of Western civilization and have been source material for Renaissance painters such as Correggio. Pictured: Leda and the Swan.Painting circa 1532.