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Trojan Shrines, Troy and her Allies, The Trojan War--five pieces
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Trojan Shrines, Troy and her Allies, The Trojan War--five pieces

Laomedon, the legendary King of Troy, son of Ilus and Eurydice and father of Podarces (later famous as King Priam of Troy) brought about his own destruction and that of the initial city of Troy, by not keeping his word.

Laomedon refused to give the gods Apollo and Poseidon a promised reward for building the original walls of Troy.  The gods sent a pestilence and a sea monster to ravage the land.  An oracle revealed to Laomedon that the only way to save Troy would be to sacrifice his daughter Hesione. She was bound to a rock to await her death by the sea monster.

The Greek hero Heracles who happened to be at Troy, offered to kill the sea monster and rescue Hesione in exchange for Laomedon’s divine horses, which had been a gift from the god Zeus to Tros, Laomedon’s grandfather.  Once Heracles had killed the monster and saved Hesione, Laomedon refused to give up the horses.  Heracles left Troy and then returned with a band of warriors, captured the city, and killed Laomedon and all his sons except for Priam, and Tithonus.

It was Priam who set about rebuilding the walls of Troy.  Priam became a natural leader and had a deep understanding of trade and exchange.  The location of Troy at the mouth of the Hellespont, the straits through which all sea traffic too and from the east were obliged by geography to pass.  This afforded Troy tremendous opportunities for enrichment.  The tolls and tariffs meant the city grew in greatness and wealth.

The towers and Priam’s new palace reached higher than the levels of the walls, and gleamed in the sun to tell the world that Troy, the jewel of the Aegean, was the greatest city in the world, ruled over by a mighty king and prospering under the protection of the gods.

Trojan shrines to past kings, such as Laomedon, were placed at the base of the South Tower and Scaean Gateway.  Laomedon was buried near the Scaean Gate, and according to legend, as long as his grave remained undisturbed, the walls of Troy would remain impregnable.

Due to be released in SEPTEMBER 2022.