Lycaon (Troy)

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In Greek mythology, as recorded in Homer's Iliad, Lycaon (/lˈkən/; Greek: Λυκάων; gen.: Λυκάονος) was a son of Priam and Laothoe, daughter of the Lelegian king Altes. He should not be confused with Lycaon, the father of Pandarus of Zeleia, who fought at Troy.

Greek mythology[edit]

During the Trojan War, Lycaon was captured by Achilles while cutting branches in Priam's orchard. Achilles sold him as a slave to Euneus of Lemnos, but Eetion of Imbros bought him, took him back to Troy, and restored him to his father.

Only twelve days later, he faced Achilles in battle, during Achilles' terrible wrath after the death of Patroclus. Lycaon grasped Achilles' knees and begged for mercy, either in exchange for a ransom or in memory of Patroclus' gentle nature; however, neither argument swayed Achilles, who slew him without pity.[1]

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  1. ^ Homer. Iliad, XXI, 35–155.