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Lycomedes, Neoptolemus and Deidamea in Skyros

In Greek mythology, Lycomedes (gr. Λυκομήδης) (also known as Lycurgus) is

a King of Skyros during the Trojan War. Achilles hid himself in Lycomedes' court to escape the war and father Neoptolemus with Lycomedes' daughter, Deidamea.

Lycomedes rendered himself infamous for his treachery to Theseus, who had implored his protection when driven from the throne of Athens by the usurper Mnestheus. Lycomedes, as it is reported, either envious of the fame of his illustrious guest, or bribed by the emissaries of Mnestheus, led Theseus to an elevated place on pretence of showing him the extent of his dominions, and perfidiously threw him down a precipice, where he was killed. According to another account, however, his fall was accidental ( Thes.; Pausan. i. 17; vii. 4; Apollod.iii. 13).

Achilles at the Court of Lycomedes, 1745, Batoni, Pompeo 1708-1787) , Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence


a son of Creon, one of the Greek warriors at Troy (Homer Iliad. ix. 84); he was represented as a wounded man by Polygnotus in the Lesche at Delphi. (Paus. x. 25. § 2.)

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