Hecuba (Myths and Legends of the World)
In Greek mythology, Hecuba was the second wife of Priam, king of the city of . She bore Priam many children, including Hectorin Greek mythology, a Trojan prince and hero in the Trojan War, , Polydorus, and Cassandradaughter of King Priam of Troy and his queen Hecuba, who captured the eye of Apollo and was granted the gift of prophecy..
While pregnant with Paris, Hecuba had a dream in which she gave birth to a fiery torch that was covered with snakes. The of Troy told her that this was a bad omen and predicted that if the child lived, he would be responsible for the fall of Troy. Therefore, upon Paris's birth, Hecuba ordered two servants to kill the child. Unable to perform such a terrible act, the servants left Paris on a mountain to die, and he was found and raised by a shepherd.
Years later, Paris returned to Troy, and as predicted, he caused the city's destruction. He began the Trojan Warf by taking away Helen, wife of King Menelaus of Sparta. All the rulers of Greece had sworn to defend Helen. To rescue her, they declared war on Troy, sacking and burning it after a long siege.
Hecuba became a slave to the Greek hero OdysseusGreek hero who journeyed for ten years to return home after the Trojan War. On his way back to Greece,...
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