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(Greek myth) a daughter of King Priam of Troy, who was sacrificed on the command of Achilles' ghost
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  • polyxena intervenes to point out the blessings death will bring her.

    Authors of Greece T. W. Lumb
  • polyxena, in Euripides's Hekuba, 360, bewails her anticipated lot as a slave.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Probably in this version, as in Dictys, Achilles was in love with polyxena, and was treacherously slain while wooing her.

    The World of Homer Andrew Lang
  • He demands that the daughter of Priam, the virgin polyxena, should be immolated on his tomb.

    Thais Anatole France
  • polyxena, the youngest sister, was sacrificed on the tomb of Achilles, and poor old Hecuba went mad with grief.

  • Then the curtain in front of one of the tents was raised, and the virgin polyxena appeared.

    Thais Anatole France
  • Ulysses is sent by the Greeks to inform Hecuba that her daughter polyxena must be sacrificed.

  • polyxena gently, but resolutely, removed the old arms which held her.

    Thais Anatole France
  • The Greeks therefore, in honor to their hero, tore polyxena from Hecuba, and offered her up in sacrifice.

  • At polyxena's request he later restores the body of Hector to Priam.

    The World of Homer Andrew Lang

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