Sarpedon

Sarpedon

[sahr-peed-n, -pee-don]
noun Classical Mythology.
a Lycian prince, son of Zeus, killed by Patroclus in the Trojan War.
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Sarpedon (sɑːˈpiːdɒn)
 
n
Greek myth a son of Zeus and Laodameia, or perhaps Europa, and king of Lycia. He was slain by Patroclus while fighting on behalf of the Trojans

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sarpedon

in Greek legend, son of Zeus, the king of the gods, and Laodameia, the daughter of Bellerophon; he was a Lycian prince and a hero in the Trojan War. As recounted in Homer's Iliad, Book XVI, Sarpedon fought with distinction on the side of the Trojans but was slain by the Greek warrior Patroclus. A struggle took place for the possession of his body until Apollo rescued it from the Greeks, washed it, anointed it with ambrosia, and handed it over to Hypnos and Thanatos (Sleep and Death), by whom it was conveyed for burial to Lycia. This episode is illustrated on the famous Euphronius Vase, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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