Priam


Pri·am

noun \ˈprī-əm, -ˌam\

Definition of PRIAM

:  the father of Hector, Paris, and Cassandra and king of Troy during the Trojan War

Origin of PRIAM

Latin Priamus, from Greek Priamos
First Known Use: 14th century

Priam

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Greek mythology, the last king of Troy. He succeeded his father Laomedon as king and gradually expanded Troy's control over the Hellespont. By his wife, Hecuba, he had many children, including Hector and Paris. He reigned during the Trojan War; in its final year he lost 13 sons, three of whom were killed by Achilles in a single day. Hector's death broke his spirit, and he went humbly to Achilles to ask for the corpse. When Troy fell, Achilles' son Neoptolemus killed the elderly Priam on an altar.

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