Hector, a noble and great warrior, led the Trojans and allies in the Trojan War. Achilles killed Hector and tried to dishonor his body. (More below...)
Hector Visits Andromache With Astyanax on Her Lap. Apulian Red-figure Column-krater. c. 370-360 B.C.
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Points to know about Hector:
- The story of Hector is told in the Iliad, attributed to Homer.
- Hector is the oldest son of Troy's king Priam and his wife Hecuba.
- Hector is the father of Astyanax and husband of Andromache.
- Hector, leader of the Trojan forces, is the brother of Paris, the man who started the Trojan War by bringing Helen to Troy. Despite his responsibility for the war, Paris balks at fighting, so Hector tells Paris off, shaming him into action.
- After Hector kills Achilles' friend Patroclus, Achilles, who had been sitting out the battle, rejoins the fray to kill Hector.
- After killing Hector, Achilles desecrates his corpse. Remarkably, Hector's body remains undamaged thanks to the intervention of the gods.
- When Priam asks, Achilles returns the corpse of Hector to his grieving father for proper burial.