A-Z: General definitions: Helenus


Twin of Cassandra and son of Priam and Hecuba. Like Cassandra, he was a prophet, and with her warned Paris not to visit Menelaus, but was ignored. He fought to defend Troy, but when Paris was killed, he was angry that his brother Deiphobus won Helen as wife, and went to live on Mount Ida. Calchas told Odysseus to capture him, and Helenus then told the Greeks the oracles which foretold how Troy would fall to them, including bringing Philoctetes back to fight with them. The Greeks fulfilled all of these and took Troy.

Related Topics

Hecuba; Paris; Menelaus; Helen; Trojan War; Wooden Horse; Ida, Mount

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