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Trojan leaders in the War


He was the brother of Hecuba from Phrygia, who was slain by Ajax (Il. 16.716).

Asius. A son of Dymas and brother of Hecabe. Apollo assumed the appearance of this Asius, when he wanted to stimulate Hector to fight against Patroclus. (Hom. Il. xvi. 715, &c.; Eustath.) According to Dictys Cretensis (iv. 12), Asius was slain by Ajax. There are two more mythical personages of this name, which is also used as a surname of Zeus, from the town of Asos or Oasos in Crete. (Virg. Aen. x. 123; Tzetz. ad Lycoph. 355; Steph. Byz. s. v. Asos).

Then the rest of the Trojans and their far-famed allies obeyed the counsel of blameless Polydamas, but Asius, son of Hyrtacus, leader of men, was not minded to leave there his horses and his squire the charioteer, but chariot and all he drew nigh to the swift ships, fool that he was! for he was not to escape the evil fates, and return, glorying in horses and chariot, back from the ships to windy Ilios. (Hom. Il.12.108-115)
1. For Asius, son of Hyrtacus, see ancient city Arisbe.(GTP's editor remark)
2. Asios now appears, unlike the other Trojans, with a chariot. The description of his attack on the wall in 12.110-114 accounts for this, and indeed appears to have been interpolated there for the purpose. If the original mache epi tais nausin knew nothing of a wall, but only described a gradual driving of the Greeks along the plain up to their ships, then the casual mention of a chariot among the footmen would be nothing remarkable. Fick suggests that the name is Assios, from the town of Assos. For the variant epamuntor cf. hupheniochos 6.19, episkopos 10.38, with note.(Commentary by Walter Leaf)

Ancient towns

Pedasus, Pedasos

For this Pedasos in the Troad cf. 21.87, 20.92. Strabo calls it a city of the Leleges opposite Lesbos, and another legend identifies it with Adramyttium. More recently it has been identified with Assos. It is not recorded in the Catalogue. A town of the same name in Messene is mentioned in 9.152, and there was a Pedasa near Halikarnassos. (Commentary by Walter Leaf)

Homer speaks of a Pedasus, a city of the Leleges, as subject to lord Altes:
     Of Altes, who is lord over the war-loving Leleges, who hold steep Pedasus on the Satnioeis.
And the site of the place, now deserted, is still to be seen. Some write, though wrongly, "at the foot of Satnioeis", as though the city lay at the foot of a mountain called Satnioeis; but there is no mountain here called Satinoeis, but only a river of that name, on which the city is situated; but the city is now deserted. The poet names the river, for, according to him,
      he wounded Satnius with a thrust of his spear, even the son of Oenops, whom a peerless Naiad nymph bore unto Oenops, as he tended his herds by the banks of the Satnioeis;
and again:
     And he dwelt by the banks of the fair-flowing Satnioeis in steep Pedasus.
And in later times it was called Satnioeis, though some called it Saphnioeis. It is only a large winter torrent, but the naming of it by the poet has made it worthy of mention. These places are continuous with Dardania and Scepsia, and are, as it were, a second Dardania, but it is lower-lying. (Strab. 13.1.50)

This extract is from: The Geography of Strabo (ed. H. L. Jones, 1924), Cambridge. Harvard University Press. Cited Aug 2005 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains comments & interesting hyperlinks.

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