Teucer

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Teucer

(tyo͞o`sər), in Greek mythology. 1 Ancestor and king of the Trojans, who are also called the Teucri. He was the father-in-law of Dardanus. 2 Son of Telamon and Hesione. He was the greatest archer in the Trojan War and a faithful comrade of his half-brother, the Telamonian Ajax. When he returned home he was banished by his father, who mistakenly thought that Teucer was responsible for the death of Ajax. Teucer went to Cyprus, where he founded the town of Salamis and ruled as king.
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Nor is there anything in the Iliad to suggest that they are a distinct |company or battalion', as Pritchett suggests.(18) Singor argues that only those wealthy enough to afford a full set of bronze armour could fight as promakhoi, because the less well-protected would find it too dangerous to come within range of the enemy, but this is disproved by the appearance among the promakhoi of Paris and Teukros as light-armed archers.(19) The promakhoi are simply that section of the mass which at any given moment is closest to the enemy, and engaged in actual combat, while the |multitude' are those who at that particular moment are keeping their distance from the fight.