Art: Leda and the Swan, page 1
Leda and the Swan is a classic subject in the arts.
The story behind this painting, is that the all powerful god Zeus, shape-shifted himself into a swan so that he can cheat into fucking Leda. The outcome of this zoophilia, is the conception of Helen and Clytemnestra and twin Castor and Pollux. Of which, Helen is famed as the most beautiful woman, and the Trojan War is a war fought over her. While, the twin Caster and Pollux, is famously known as the Gemini (Latin for twin), and a constellation is named after them.
Here's quote from Ken Fairfax's site:
Kouklia was the home to a cult of Aphrodite from at least 3,800 BC and was mentioned in many ancient texts, including Homer's Iliad. The temple complex is now largely in ruins but the many art treasures found there are now in museums in New York, Paris, London and Nicosia.
This is actually a copy of a 3rd century AD mosaic of Leda and the Swan at Kouklia. The original is in the museum but this copy was placed in the exact spot where the original was found.
Aphrodite is the goddess of copulation, worshied at Cyprus, her birth place.The temple was active from 12th cnetury BC to 4th C AD.
Leda and the Swan
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