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The son of Hector and Andromache. His father called him Scamandrius, after the name of the river which flows by Troy but the common people called him Astyanax (Prince of the City), out of gratitude to Hector. He features as a baby in his mother's arms, playing innocently with the plume on his father's helmet, when Hector and Andromache were bidding each other farewell. After Hector's death and the fall of Troy Astyanax was seized by the Greeks led by Odysseus, who put him to death by throwing him from the top of a tower. According to a later tradition Astyanax was not killed, but founded a new Troy (see Ascanius).


Table of Sources:
- Hom. Il. 6, 400ff.; 24, 734ff.
- Euripides, Tro. passim
- Paus. 10, 25, 0
- Euripides, Androm. 10
- Ovid, Met. 13, 415
- Hyg. Fab. 109
- schol. on Hom. Il. 24, 735

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