Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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(Ἕκτωρ; Latin Hector)

A. Myth

H. is the son of Priam (Hom. Il. 2,816f.) and Hecabe, brother of Paris and Cassandra, husband of Andromache (Hom. Il. 6,370–502; Sappho fr. 55D) and father of Scamandrius/Astyanax (Hom. Il. 6,399–403). Dictys Cretensis mentions a second son called Laodamas (Dict. 3,20; 6,12). When the exposed Paris returns to Troy, H. either calmly accepts his defeat in the contest with his brother, who is in the guise of a shepherd (as in Euripides’ Alexander [10. 32f.]), or moves to kill the victor in his a…

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Cramer, Robert, “Hector”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 14 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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