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ANTILOCHUS, in Greek legend, 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 at the sacrifice of his
own (Pindar, Pyth. vi. 28), thus fulfilling an oracle which had
bidden him “beware of an Ethiopian.” His death was avenged
by Achilles. According to other accounts, he was slain by
Hector (Hyginus, Fab. 113), or by Paris in the temple of the
Thymbraean Apollo together with Achilles (Dares Phrygius 34).
His ashes, with those of Achilles and Patroclus, were deposited
in a mound on the promontory of Sigeum, where the inhabitants
of Ilium offered sacrifice to the dead heroes (Odyssey, xxiv. 72;
Strabo xiii. p. 596). In the Odyssey (xi. 468) the three friends
are represented as united in the underworld and walking together
in the fields of asphodel; according to Pausanias (iii. 19) they
dwell together in the island of Leuke.
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