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In Greek mythology, Assaracus (/əˈsærəkəs/; Ancient Greek: Ἀσσάρακος Assarakos) was a king of Dardania.[1]


Assaracus was the second son of Tros, King of Dardania[2][3][4][5] by his wife Callirhoe, daughter of Scamander,[6][7][8] or Acallaris, daughter of Eumedes.[9] He was the brother of Ilus, Ganymede, Cleopatra and Cleomestra.[10][11] Assaracus married Hieromneme, daughter of Simoeis; others say his wife was Clytodora, daughter of Laomedon.[9] Either by them, he became the father of his son and heir was Capys.[12]

According to a less common version, Aesyetes and Cleomestra were also mentioned as parents of Assaracus. In this account, his brothers were Alcathous and Antenor.[13] In some versions of the myth, Ganymedes was not a brother of Assaracus but also a son of Assaracus.[14]


Assaracus inherited the throne of Dardania when his elder brother Ilus preferred to reign instead over his newly founded city of Ilium (which also became known as Troy). When he died, the kingship passed to his son Capys. As a tribute to all his good work, Assaracus was buried in the midst of Troy, close to the temple of Athena and the later palace of Priam.[15]

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He is mentioned in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman as "the unseemly," brother to Mailure.[16]

Sibling Rivalry Press features a quarterly literary journal of poetry entitled Assaracus.[17]