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date: 31 March 2023



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Andromache, daughter of *Eëtion king of Thebe in the Troad (see troas), and wife of *Hector (Il. 6. 395 ff.). Her father and seven brothers were killed by *Achilles, and her mother ransomed for a large sum (6. 414 ff.). After the fall of Troy her son *Astyanax was killed by the Greeks and she herself became *Neoptolemus (1)'s slave and concubine (Little Iliad, fr. 20 Davies; Iliu Persis). She bore him three sons, Pergamus, Pielus, and Molossus, eponym of the Molossi (Paus. 1. 11. 1 f.). According to Euripides' Andromache, she was threatened with death by Neoptolemus' wife *Hermione during the visit to Delphi in which he was killed, but was protected by *Peleus, Neoptolemus' aged grandfather. After Neoptolemus' death (Eur.) or on his marriage (Verg. Aen. 3. 327–9) she was handed over to Hector's brother *Helenus, lived with him in Epirus, and bore him a son, Cestrinus.


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