Antilochus

Antilochus

[an-til-uh-kuhs]
Antilochus, in Greek mythology, young hero of the Trojan War, a favorite of Achilles. While protecting his father, Nestor, he was killed by Memnon. He was buried with Achilles and Patroclus.
In Greek mythology, Antilochus (also transliterated as Antílokhos) was the son of Nestor, king of Pylos. One of the suitors of Helen, he accompanied his father to the Trojan War. He was distinguished for his beauty, swiftness of foot, and skill as a charioteer. Though the youngest among the Greek princes, he commanded the Pylians in the war and performed many deeds of valour. He was a favourite of the gods and an intimate friend of Achilles, to whom he was commissioned to announce the death of Patroclus. When his father was attacked by Memnon, he saved his life by sacrificing his own son thus fulfilling an oracle which had warned him to "beware of an Ethiopian." His death was avenged by Achilles. According to other accounts, he was slain by Hector or by Paris in the temple of the Thymbraean Apollo together with Achilles . His ashes, along with those of Achilles and Patroclus, were enshrined in a mound on the promontory of Sigeum, where the inhabitants of Ilium offered sacrifice to the dead heroes . In the Odyssey (xi. 468) the three friends are represented as united in the underworld and walking together in the Asphodel Meadows. According to Pausanias (iii. 19) they dwell together on the island of Leuke.

Among the Trojans he killed were Melanippus, Ablerus, Atymnius, Phalces, and Thoon. At the funeral games of Patroclus, Antilochus finished second in the chariot race and third in the foot race.

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