Roman Gold Ring with Stars and Caps of the Dioscuri A lovely Roman ring showing the Caps of the Dioscuri The Dioscuri, Castor and Pollux, were the offs.. Product #: EH-122 Regular price: $1,875.00 $1,875.00 In Stock
Roman Gold Ring with Stars and Caps of the DioscuriRoman Gold Ring with Stars and Caps of the Dioscuri

Roman Gold Ring with Stars and Caps of the Dioscuri

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A lovely Roman ring showing the Caps of the Dioscuri

The Dioscuri, Castor and Pollux, were the offspring of the Spartan Queen, Leda, but they had different fathers. Tyndareus, the king of Sparta, was the father of Castor (hence a mortal), while Zeus was the father of Pollux (making him a demigod). They were also gods of horsemanship and protectors of guests and travellers. On their deaths they were apotheosised. Polydeuces was offered this honour first but he insisted it be shared with his brother Castor. Zeus agreed to this but they were instructed to spend alternate days in the underworld.

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A lovely Roman ring showing the Caps of the Dioscuri

The Dioscuri, Castor and Pollux, were the offspring of the Spartan Queen, Leda, but they had different fathers. Tyndareus, the king of Sparta, was the father of Castor (hence a mortal), while Zeus was the father of Pollux (making him a demigod). They were also gods of horsemanship and protectors of guests and travellers. On their deaths they were apotheosised. Polydeuces was offered this honour first but he insisted it be shared with his brother Castor. Zeus agreed to this but they were instructed to spend alternate days in the underworld.

On their death the twins became the constellation known as the Gemini. As this constellation is only visible for half of the year, it may make reference to their division of time between the underworld. Perhaps the stars on the ring reflect the twin's status as a constellation or their apotheosis. 

Circa 3rd Century

UK Ring Size: M

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