Hector and Andromache

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Hector and Andromache by Chirico at Osaka
Hector and Andromache (1973) by Giorgio de Chirico (1888 to 1978), at Osaka, Tokyo. [ image source 2013-03-25 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Chirico_Osaka01s3200.jpg ]

Hector is a Trojan prince and the greatest fighter for Troy in the Trojan War. (Greek mythology) Andromache is Hector's wife. Hector is killed by Achilles.

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In the European Middle Ages, Hector figures as one of the Nine Worthies noted by Jacques de Longuyon, known not only for his courage but also for his noble and courtly nature. Indeed Homer places Hector as peace-loving, thoughtful as well as bold, a good son, husband and father, and without darker motives.

Andromache was the wife of Hector… The name means “battle of a man”, from ἀνδρός (andros) “of a man” and μάχη (machē) “battle”.

During the Trojan War, Hector was killed by Achilles, and their son Astyanax was thrown from the city walls by the Greek Herald Talthybius. Neoptolemus took Andromache as a concubine and Hector's brother, Helenus, as a slave. By Neoptolemus, she was the mother of Molossus, and according to Pausanias, of Pielus and Pergamus. When Neoptolemus died, Andromache married Helenus and became Queen of Epirus. Pausanias also implies that Helenus' son, Cestrinus, was by Andromache. Andromache eventually went to live with Pergamus in Pergamum, where she died of old age.