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615px-Herakles Laomedon MCA Valle Sabbia

Heracles kills the King of Troy

504px-Sandrart (attributed), Troppa (attr.) - Laomedon Refusing Payment to Poseidon and Apollo - 17th c

Laomedon denies Apollo and Poseidon payment

Aphaia pediment Laomedon E-XI Glyptothek Munich 85

Laomedon

Laomedon was King of Troy. He was the son of King Ilus. With his wife Leucippe, he had several children, including Priam, Hesione and Tithonus.

The Walls of TroyEdit

Poseidon and Apollo, having offended Zeus, were sent to serve Laomedon. He had them build huge walls around the city. In this they were aided by Aeacus, king of Aegina. When they had finished, three serpents tried to destroy the walls. The two attacking Poseidon and Apollo's sections died instantly but one forced its way through Aeacus' part. Apollo prophesised Troy could only be breached by the Aeacidae; Aeacus' descendants.

Laomedon promised to reward them well for the task, a promise he then refused to fulfill. In vengeance, before the Trojan War, Poseidon sent a sea monster to attack Troy and Apollo sent a pestilence. Laomedon planned on sacrificing his daughter Hesione to Poseidon in the hope of appeasing him. Heracles (along with Telamon, son of Atreus) rescued her at the last minute and killed the monster. Laomedon had promised them the magic horses of his grandfather, King Tros, as a reward for their deeds, but when he broke his word, Heracles and his allies took vengeance by putting Troy to siege, killing Laomedon and all his sons save Podarces, who saved his own life by giving Heracles a golden veil Hesione had made (and therefore was afterwards called Priam, from priamai 'to buy'). Telamon took Hesione as a war prize.

FamilyEdit

Dardanid Genealogy in Greek mythology Names in Bold are Kings of Troy Names in Italics are Kings of Dardania
Oceanus
 
Tethys
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scamander
 
Idaea
 
Zeus
 
Electra
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Teucer
 
Arisbe
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Simoeis
 
 
 
 
Bataea
 
 
 
Dardanus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Astyoche
 
 
Ericthonius
 
 
 
Ilus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tros
 
Callihroe
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ganymede
 
Ilus
 
Eurydice
 
 
 
 
 
 
Assaracus
 
Hieromneme
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Leucippe
 
Laomedon
 
 
 
 
Themiste
 
 
 
 
 
Capys
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Priam
 
Hecuba
 
Hesione
 
Telamon
 
Anchises
 
Aphrodite
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tithonus
 
 
 
Hector
 
Andromache
 
 
 
 
 
Aeneas
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Astyanax
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eos
 
 
Creusa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lavinia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Memnon of Aethiopia
 
 
 
Paris
 
Helen
 
Ascanius
 
Kings of Alba Longa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Legendary kings of Britain
Preceded by:
Ilus
King of Troy
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Priam

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