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Andromache(ăndrŏ`məkē), in Greek mythology, Trojan princess, wife of Hector and mother of Astyanax. After the Trojan War she was carried away by NeoptolemusNeoptolemus
, in Greek legend, son of Achilles. In the Trojan War he proved himself brave but cruel. He killed Priam at the altar of Zeus and threw Astyanax, son of Hector, from the wall of Troy. After the war he took Andromache as a slave to his kingdom in Epirus.
..... Click the link for more information. , whose father, Achilles, had slain her husband. She later married Hector's brother Helenus and they jointly ruled Epirus. She is a noble figure in the Iliad; Euripides and Racine wrote plays about her.
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devoted wife of Hector. [Gk. Lit.: Iliad; Trojan Women; Andromache; Fr. Lit.: Andromaghe]
thinks only of family; rejects king’s advances. [Fr. Lit.: Andromache]
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