937 BC. Laomedon King of Troy is slain by Hercules. Priam succeeds him. Sir Isaac Newton, A short chronicle: From the First Memory of things in Europe to the Conquest of Persia by Alexander the Great
Laomedon was the son of Ilus and Eurydice.
Laomedon owned several horses with divine parentage, with whom Anchises secretly bred his own mares.
Laomedon' son, Ganymede, was kidnapped by Zeus, who had fallen in love with the beautiful boy. Laomedon grieved for his son. Sympathetic, Zeus sent Hermes with two horses so swift they could run over water. Hermes also assured Laomedon that Ganymede was immortal and would be the cupbearer for the gods, a position of much distinction.
Poseidon and Apollo, having offended Zeus, were sent to serve King Laomedon. He had them build huge walls around the city and promised to reward them well, a promise he then refused to fulfill. In vengeance, before the Trojan War, Poseidon sent a sea monster to attack Troy.
Laomedon planned on sacrificing Hesione to Poseidon in the hope of appeasing him. Heracles (along with Oicles and Telamon) rescued her at the last minute and killed both the monster and Laomedon and Laomedon's sons, save Ganymede, who was on Mount Olympus, and Podarces, who saved his own life by giving Heracles a golden veil Hesione had made (and therefore was afterwards called Priam, from priamai 'to buy'). Telamon took Hesione as a war prize and she gave birth to Teucer by him.
Laomedonteus, an epithet applied to the Trojans from their king Laomedon ( Verg. Aen.iv. 542, vii. 105., viii. 18).
See Troy Family Tree
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