polyxena

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Polyxena (pɒˈlɪksɪnə)
 
n
Greek myth a daughter of King Priam of Troy, who was sacrificed on the command of Achilles' ghost

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polyxena

in Greek mythology, a daughter of Priam, king of Troy, and his wife, Hecuba. After the fall of Troy, she was claimed by the ghost of Achilles, the greatest of the Greek warriors, as his share of the spoils and was therefore put to death at his tomb. In post-Classical times the story was elaborated; it was said that a peace had been arranged and Achilles was to marry Polyxena, but Paris treacherously shot him.

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