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(Greek myth) the young son of Hector and Andromache, who was hurled from the walls of Troy by the Greeks
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  • So when he had fallen bloody death and hard fate seized on astyanax.

  • Now, if the men called him astyanax, is it not probable that the other name was conferred by the women?

    Cratylus Plato
  • The scandalous behaviour of all concerned in astyanax may well have caused a falling-off in the subscriptions.

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • But none knew the depth of his love and gentleness as did his wife, Andromache, and their little son, astyanax.

  • Euripides allows the mangled corpse of astyanax to be brought upon the stage on his father's shield.

  • Pyrrhus wooes her, promising that if she become his wife, her son astyanax shall be made king of Troy.

  • Among this number was Andromache, widow of Hector, and mother of astyanax.

  • Hector had named him Scamandrius, but the people called him astyanax, for his father stood alone as chief guardian of Ilius.

    The Iliad Homer
  • He was represented delivering his son astyanax into her arms, and the eyes of Andromache were fixed upon him.

  • The central portion of the play deals with the decision of the Greeks about Hector's little boy, astyanax.

    Euripedes and His Age Gilbert Murray
Word Origin and History for astyanax


son of Hector and Andromache ("Iliad"), Greek, literally "lord of the city," from asty "city" (see asteism) + anax "chief, lord, master." Also the epithet of certain gods.

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