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Lāomedon


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A legendary king of Troy, son of Ilus (see dardanus), and father of several children, including Priam and Hēsionē. He was renowned for his treachery: he had the walls of Troy built for him by Apollo and Poseidon, but then refused to pay them the agreed wage. As punishment, Apollo sent a plague and Poseidon a sea‐monster which could be appeased only by the sacrifice of Hesione. But Heracles saved her and killed the sea‐monster, at which once again Laomedon refused to pay an agreed reward, this time the divine horses which Zeus had once given him in exchange for kidnapping Ganymedes. In due course Heracles returned to Troy with an army, captured the city with the help of Telamon, and killed Laomedon and all his sons except Priam, giving Hesione to Telamon as a concubine and leaving Priam to rule Troy.

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