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In Greco-Roman mythology, Sergestus was a Trojan friend of Aeneas. He was the ancestor of gens Sergia, a famous Patrician family of which Catilina was a member.

In Virgil's Aeneid, during a funerary ship race Aeneas gives to Sergestus a Cretan slave girl named Pholoe in gratitude for saving both ship and crew.[1]

And Serguestus, from the house of the name Sergia

— Virgil, Sergestusque, domus tenet a quo Sergia nomen, Aeneid (Latin)

Sergestus also appears as a minor character in Christopher Marlowe's play Dido, Queen of Carthage.


  1. ^ Source: Virgil, Aeneid, v. 288