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Laodamia(lāŏd'əmī`ə): see ProtesilausProtesilaus
, in Greek mythology, Thessalian prince who was killed in the Trojan War. A prophecy foretold that the first man who touched Trojan soil would be the first to die. When the Greek ships arrived at Troy, Protesilaus leaped ashore and was immediately killed.
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commits suicide to join husband Protesilaus in underworld. [Gk. Lit.: Iliad; Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
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