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(Πάρις [Páris], also Ἀλέξανδρος [Aléxandros]; Latin Paris, Alexander)

A. Myth

P. is the son of Priam, king of Troy, and Hecabe. A dream of Hecabe promises Troy ruin caused by P., for which reason he is taken into the mountains and exposed (Apollod. 3,12,5). According to Hyg. Fab. 91 he was to be killed, but the slaves entrusted with the job let him live. He is found by shepherds and given the name Alexander (‘defender of men’), after fighting off robbers …

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Schneider, Steffen, “Paris”, 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 17 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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