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Laomĕdon

Λαομέδων).


1.

King of Troy, son of Ilus, and father of Priam, Hesioné, and other children. Poseidon and Apollo, who had displeased Zeus, were doomed to serve Laomedon for wages. Accordingly, Poseidon built the walls of Troy, while Apollo tended the king's flocks on Mount Ida. When the two gods had done their work, Laomedon refused them the reward he had promised them, and expelled them from his dominions. Thereupon Poseidon sent a marine monster to ravage the country, to which the Trojans were obliged, from time to time, to sacrifice a maiden. On one occasion it was decided by lot that Hesioné, the daughter of Laomedon, should be the victim; but she was saved by Heracles, who slew the monster, upon Laomedon promising to give him the horses which Tros had once received from Zeus as a compensation for Ganymedes. But when the monster was slain, Laomedon again broke his word. Thereupon Heracles sailed with a squadron of six ships against Troy, killed Laomedon, with all his sons except Priam, and gave Hesioné to Telamon. Priam, as the son of Laomedon, is called Laomedontiades; and the Trojans, as the subjects of Laomedon, are called Laomedontiadae.


2.

A general of Alexander the Great who after the king's death received the government of Syria, of which he was subsequently deprived by Nicanor, Ptolemy's general (Diod.xviii. 39).

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