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(Greek myth) the young son of Hector and Andromache, who was hurled from the walls of Troy by the Greeks
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  • Now, if the men called him astyanax, is it not probable that the other name was conferred by the women?

    Cratylus Plato
  • Among this number was Andromache, widow of Hector, and mother of astyanax.

  • She is thinking ever of her Hector, and astyanax whom you slew!


    Gilbert Murray
  • The scandalous behaviour of all concerned in astyanax may well have caused a falling-off in the subscriptions.

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • But none knew the depth of his love and gentleness as did his wife, Andromache, and their little son, astyanax.

  • So when he had fallen bloody death and hard fate seized on astyanax.

  • Euripides allows the mangled corpse of astyanax to be brought upon the stage on his father's shield.

  • He stretches out his mailed arms to astyanax, but the child is frightened by his nodding plumes.

  • With your affection, and your young astyanax, 170 the yellow house becomes a golden palace.

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Pyrrhus wooes her, promising that if she become his wife, her son astyanax shall be made king of Troy.

Word Origin and History for astyanax


son of Hector and Andromache ("Iliad"), Greek, literally "lord of the city," from asty "city" (see asteism) + anax "chief, lord, master." Also the epithet of certain gods.

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