Neoptolemus

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Neoptolemus

(nē'ŏptŏl`ĭməs), in Greek legend, son of AchillesAchilles
, in Greek mythology, foremost Greek hero of the Trojan War, son of Peleus and Thetis. He was a formidable warrior, possessing fierce and uncontrollable anger. Thetis, knowing that Achilles was fated to die at Troy, disguised him as a girl and hid him among the women at
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. 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. Later he abandoned her for Hermione. He was killed at Delphi for an outrage he committed against the shrine. In Euripides' Andromache, Orestes murders him to win the love of Hermione. He was sometimes called Pyrrhus.

Neoptolemus

 

(also called Pyrrhus), in ancient Greek mythology, the son of Achilles and the princess Deidameia; one of the main figures in the Trojan War. Neoptolemus was among the warriors who were carried into Troy inside the wooden horse. He went into a rage during the capture of Troy and in front of Hecuba ruthlessly murdered the aged king Priam, who was seeking sanctuary at the altar of Zeus.