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Greek mythology
Greek mythology is the body of myths and legends belonging to the ancient Greeks, concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world, and the origins and significance of their own cult and ritual practices. They were a part of religion in ancient Greece...

, Leucippus, son of Gorgophone
Gorgophone
In Greek mythology, Gorgophone was a daughter of Perseus and Andromeda. Her name means "Gorgon Slayer", a tribute to her father who killed Medusa, the mortal Gorgon....

 and Perieres
Perieres
In Greek mythology, Perieres or Perieris, was a son of Aeolus and husband of Gorgophone. He was the father of Leucippus and Aphareus. He is often confused with Gorgophone's second husband, Oebalus . With Oebalus, Gorgophone was the mother of Tyndareus, Hippocoon and Icarius....

, was the father of Phoebe and Hilaeira
Hilaeira
In Greek mythology, Hilaeira was a daughter of Leucippus and Philodice. She and her sister Phoebe are commonly referred to as Leucippides ....

, and also of Arsinoe, mother (in some versions of the myth) of Asclepius
Asclepius
Asclepius is the God of Medicine and Healing in ancient Greek religion. Asclepius represents the healing aspect of the medical arts; his daughters are Hygieia , Iaso , Aceso , Aglæa/Ægle , and Panacea...

, by his wife Philodice
Philodice
Philodice may refer to:* Philodice, daughter of the river-god Inachus, wife of Leucippus, and sister to Io in Greek mythology* Philodice a genus of flowering plants in the family Eriocaulaceae...

, daughter of Inachus
Inachus
In Greek mythology, Inachus was a king of Argos after whom a river was called Inachus River, the modern Panitsa that drains the western margin of the Argive plain...

.
Castor and Polydeuces abducted and married Phoebe and Hilaeira
Hilaeira
In Greek mythology, Hilaeira was a daughter of Leucippus and Philodice. She and her sister Phoebe are commonly referred to as Leucippides ....

, the daughters of Leucippus. In return, Idas
Idas
In Greek mythology, Idas was a son of Aphareus and Arene and brother of Lynceus. He and Lynceus loved Hilaeira and Phoebe and fought with their rival suitors, Castor and Polydeuces, killing the mortal brother Castor. He was also one of the Argonauts and a participant in the hunt for the Calydonian...

 and Lynceus
Lynceus
In Greek mythology, Lynceus was a king of Argos, succeeding Danaus. He is named as a descendant of Belus through his father Aegyptus, who was the twin brother of Danaus. Danaus had fifty daughters, the Danaides, while Aegyptus had fifty sons including Lynceus, whose name when translated means "wolf"...

, nephews of Leucippus and rival suitors, killed Castor. Polydeuces was granted immortality by Zeus, and further persuaded Zeus to share his gift with Castor.

Other people in Greek mythology with the name Leucippus (also transliterated as Leukippos) include:
  • The son of Heracles
    Heracles
    Heracles ,born Alcaeus or Alcides , was a divine hero in Greek mythology, the son of Zeus and Alcmene, foster son of Amphitryon and great-grandson of Perseus...

     and Eurytele, daughter of Thespius
    Thespius
    Thespius was a legendary founder and king of Thespiae, Boeotia. His life account is considered part of Greek mythology.-Life account:...

    .
  • The Calydon
    Calydon
    Calydon was an ancient Greek city in Aetolia, situated on the west bank of the river Evenus. According to Greek mythology, the city took its name from its founder Calydon, son of Aetolus. Close to the city stood Mount Zygos, the slopes of which provided the setting for the hunt of the Calydonian...

    ian hunter, son of Hippocoon
    Hippocoon
    In Greek mythology, the name Hippocoön refers to several characters:*A son of the Spartan King Oebalus and Bateia. His brothers were Tyndareus and Icarius. When their father died, Tyndareus became king. Hippocoön, with the help of his sons, overthrew him, took the throne and expelled his...

    .
  • The daughter of Lamprus and Galatea
    Galatea (mythology)
    -Name "Galatea":Though the name "Galatea" has become so firmly associated with Pygmalion's statue as to seem antique, its use in connection with Pygmalion originated with a post-classical writer. No extant ancient text mentions the statue's name...

    , who was turned by Leto
    Leto
    In Greek mythology, Leto is a daughter of the Titans Coeus and Phoebe. The island of Kos is claimed as her birthplace. In the Olympian scheme, Zeus is the father of her twins, Apollo and Artemis, the Letoides, which Leto conceived after her hidden beauty accidentally caught the eyes of Zeus...

     into a son.
  • The son of Oenomaus
    Oenomaus
    In Greek mythology, King Oenomaus of Pisa, the father of Hippodamia, was the son of Ares, either by the naiad Harpina or by Sterope, one of the Pleiades, whom some identify as his consort instead...

     and companion of Daphne
    Daphne
    Daphne was a female minor nature deity. Pursued by Apollo, she fled and was chased. Daphne begged the gods for help, who then transformed her into Laurel.-Overview:...

    , whom he was in love with and tried to approach in the disguise of a fellow nymph of hers. Because of Apollo
    Apollo
    Apollo is one of the most important and complex of the Olympian deities in Greek and Roman mythology...

    's jealousy, his true gender was revealed by the nymphs, who killed him instantly upon discovery.
  • The son of Poemander
    Poemander (mythology)
    In Greek mythology, Poemander was the son of Chaeresilaus and Stratonice. He was also the founder of Tanagra, which he named after the naiad Tanagra, his wife and the daughter of either Aeolus or Asopus...

     who was killed accidentally by his father.
  • Leucippus
    Leucippus (son of Thurimachus)
    In Greek mythology Leucippus was king of Sicyon.He was the son of Thurimachus, son of Aegyrus, son of Thelxion, son of Apis, son of Telchis, son of Europs, son of Aegialeus ....

    , the son of Thurimachus and king of Sicyon
    Sicyon
    Sikyon was an ancient Greek city situated in the northern Peloponnesus between Corinth and Achaea on the territory of the present-day prefecture of Corinthia...

    .
  • The son of Xanthius
    Xanthius
    In Greek mythology, Xanthius was a descendant of Bellerophon, and father of Leucippus and an unnamed daughter.Through the wrath of Aphrodite, Leucippus fell in love with his own sister. The passion turned out too strong for him to suppress, so he addressed his mother, imploring her to help him and...

     who consorted with his own sister and with Leucophrye
    Leucophrye
    In Greek mythology, Leucophrye was the daughter of Mandrolytus, a resident of a city in Asia Minor.Leucippus, son of Xanthius, was chosen by the oracle as leader of a colony of one in ten sent out of Pherae by Admetus...

    .
  • One of the sons of Macareus
    Macareus (son of Helios)
    In Greek mythology, Macareus was one of the Heliadae, sons of Helios and Rhodos. Macareus and his brothers, Triopas, Actis and Candalus, were jealous of a fifth brother, Tenages's, skill at science, so they killed him and had to escape from Rhodes upon discovery of their crime...

    , and the leader of a colony at Rhodes
    Rhodes
    Rhodes is an island in Greece, located in the eastern Aegean Sea. It is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in terms of both land area and population, with a population of 117,007, and also the island group's historical capital. Administratively the island forms a separate municipality within...

  • A son of Naxos, eponym
    Eponym
    An eponym is the name of a person or thing, whether real or fictitious, after which a particular place, tribe, era, discovery, or other item is named or thought to be named...

     of Naxos
    Naxos (island)
    Naxos is a Greek island, the largest island in the Cyclades island group in the Aegean. It was the centre of archaic Cycladic culture....

    , and king of the island. His son was Smerdius.