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Greek leaders in the Trojan War

Protesilaus & Laodameia (Laodamia)

FYLAKI (Ancient city) ALMYROS
He was son of Iphiclus and leader of the Thessalians from Phylace, Pyrasus, Iton, Andron and Ptelos with 40 ships, the first Greek, who was slain in the Trojan War (Il. 2.695, 13.681).

Protesilaus. The son of Iphiclus and Astyoche, dwelling in Phylace in Thessaly. He is called Phylacius and Phylacides, either from his native place or from his being a grandson of Phylacus. He led the warriors of several Thessalian towns against Troy, and was the first of all the Greeks who was killed by the Trojans, being the first who leaped from the ships upon the Trojan coast. According to the common tradition he was slain by Hector. Protesilaus is most celebrated in ancient story for the strong affection existing between him and his wife Laodamia, the daughter of Acastus. His tomb was shown near Eleus, in the Thracian Chersonesus, where a magnificent temple was erected to him. There was a belief that nymphs had planted elm-trees around his grave, which died away when they had grown sufficiently high to see Troy, and that fresh shoots then sprang from the roots. There was also a sanctuary of Protesilaus at Phylace, at which funeral games were celebrated.

This text is from: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities. Cited Oct 2006 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks

Laodamia. A daughter of Acastus and Astydamia, and wife of Protesilaus. (See Protesilaus.) When she received intelligence of the death of her husband in the Trojan War, she caused an image of him to be formed, which she would never allow to be out of her sight. Her father ordered the image to be burned, that her [p. 921] thoughts might be diverted from her loss; but Laodamia threw herself into the flames, and perished along with it. Thence probably the tradition adopted by some poets that the gods restored life to Protesilaus for three hours, and that this hero, finding the decree irreversible, by which he was to return to the shades below, prevailed on Laodamia to accompany him thither. She was also called Phylaces

This text is from: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities. Cited Oct 2006 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks

Laodamia to Protesilaus: P. Ovidius Naso, The Epistles of Ovid & Commentary on the Heroides of Ovid


Podarces, son of Iphiclus and brother of Protesilaus, became the leader of the Thessalians from Phylace and Pyrasus after the death of the latter (Il. 2.704, 13.693).

Podarces: Perseus Project


Medon and staunch Podarkes led the men of Phthia. Of these, Medon was bastard son of Oileus and brother of Ajax, but he lived in Phylake away from his own country, for he had killed the brother of his stepmother Eriopis, the wife of Oileus; the other, Podarkes, was the son of Iphiklos, son of Phylakos. These two stood in the van of the Phthians, and defended the ships along with the Boeotians. Medon was slain by Aeneas (Il. 2.727, 13.693, 15.332).

Medon: Perseus Encyclopedia

Greeks of the Homeric Catalogue of Ships

Trojan War

Phylace participated in the Trojan War under Protesilaus and is listed in the Homeric Catalogue of Ships (Il. 2.695, Od. 11.289 & 15.236). After his death in Troy, the leadership was taken over by his younger brother, Podarces (Il. 2.704). The city was located between Pharsala and Almyros, on the northern side of the Mt. Othrys.



He was the son of Phylacus and father of Podarces and Protesilaus (Il. 2.705, 23.636, Od. 11.289).

Iphicles. A son of Phylacus, and grandson of Deion and Clymene, or, according to others, a son of Cephalus and Clymene, the daughter of Minyas. He was married to Diomedeia or Astyoche,and was the father of Podarcesand Protesilaus (Hom. Il. ii. 705, xiii. 698; Apollod. i. 9. Β 12; Paus. iv. 36. Β 2; x. 29. Β 2; Hygin. Fab. 103). He was, like the two other Iphicles, one of the Argonauts, and possessed large herds of oxen, which he gave to Melampus, who had given him a favourable prophecy respecting his progeny (Hom. Il. ii. 705, Od. xi. 289, &c.). He was also celebrated for his swiftness in racing, by which he won the prize at the funeral games of Pelias, but in those of Amarynceus he was conquered by Nestor (Paus. v. 17. Β 4, 36. Β 2. x. 29. Β 2; Hom. Il. xxiii. 636).

This text is from: A dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, 1873 (ed. William Smith). Cited Feb 2006 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks


Phylacus & Clymene

Phylacus, son of Deion by Diomede, was the father of Iphiclus (Il. 2.705, Od. 15.231) and founder of the city, which was named after him. His wife was Clymene (Od. 11.325).

Clymene, a daughter of Iphis or Minyas, and the wife of Phylacus or Cephalus, by whom she became the mother of Iphiclus and Alcimede (Paus. x. 29.2; Hom. Od. xi. 325; Schol. ad Apollod.Rhod. i. 45, 230). According to Hesiod (ap. Eustath. ad Hom.; comp. Ov. Met. i. 756, iv. 204), she was the mother of Phaethon by Helios, and according to Apollodorus (iii. 9.2), also of Atalante by Jasus.

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