10 Facts About Priam


Priam was described by the chronicler Malalas in his account of the Chronography as " tall for the age, big, good, ruddy-colored, light-eyed, long-nosed, eyebrows meeting, keen-eyed, gray, restrained".

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Priam is said to have fathered fifty sons and many daughters, with his chief wife Hecuba, daughter of the Phrygian king Dymas and many other wives and concubines.

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Priam was killed when he was around 80 years old by Achilles' son Neoptolemus.

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In Book 3 of Homer's Iliad, Priam tells Helen of Troy that he once helped King Mygdon of Phrygia in a battle against the Amazons.

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Priam tearfully pleads with Achilles to take pity on a father bereft of his son and return Hector's body.

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Priam is killed during the Sack of Troy by Achilles' son Neoptolemus.

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Priam's death is graphically related in Book II of Virgil's Aeneid.

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Priam Pleading with Achilles for the Body of Hector by Gavin Hamilton.

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Priam asks Achilles to return Hector's body by Alexander Ivanov.

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Priam holding the golden urn with the remains of Hector by Giovanni Maria Benzoni.

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