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.

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Although Neoptolemus plans to resort to a lie, when he meets Philoctetes he has a change of heart.
we must follow the advice of that Neoptolemus in Ennius, who advises having a "taste" of philosophy, but not "gorging oneself with it".
As well as the title character in Philoctetes, for example, Neoptolemus also "comes forward" as Alcibiades (61).
His wound--and his hate--is healed only nine years later through the devotion of a young soldier, Neoptolemus, son of Achilles.
Charicleia co unts among her forebears not only Andromeda but also the Ethiopian king Memnon, who came to help the Trojans but was killed by Achilles; Theagenes, we learn, traces his ancestry back to Neoptolemus, the son of Achilles, notorious for enslaving Hector's widow Andromache.
The imagery conveying his martial exploits gradually increases in violence to culminate with the human sacrifice of the Trojan virgin Polyxena, loved by Achilles and immolated on his tomb by his son Neoptolemus as a revenge for his father's death.
He is anxious to know if his son Neoptolemus has lived up to his name.
In the Trojan Women and Andromache, Euripides showed him not only planning to execute Helen for her transgression, but also coldly ready to kill Andromache and her small son by Neoptolemus.
29) Andromache, in Euripides's play of the same name, demonstrates a similar loyalty and subservience to Neoptolemus as his 'spear-won' bride in blatant contrast to Hermione, his legitimate wife, who, after plotting to kill her rival, runs off with another man, Orestes defiantly claiming her as his promised bride.
He argues that Odysseus advocates the "ethic of expediency" (30), Neoptolemus is initially self-serving in his attitude toward the divine but, as the play progresses, comes to be "ethically divided" (36), the Chorus supports Odysseus's religious and ethical stance, and Philoctetes believes in divine justice and moral uprightness.
In 1812 Blake painted Philoctetes and Neoptolemus on Lemnos (Butlin 676, Fogg Art Museum).