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(ˌpɒl ɪˈdɔr əs, -ˈdoʊr-)

fl. 1st century B.C., Greek sculptor.
References in classic literature ?
Achilles then went in pursuit of Polydorus son of Priam, whom his father had always forbidden to fight because he was the youngest of his sons, the one he loved best, and the fastest runner.
When Hector saw his brother Polydorus with his entrails in his hands and sinking down upon the ground, a mist came over his eyes, and he could not bear to keep longer at a distance; he therefore poised his spear and darted towards Achilles like a flame of fire.
975-978) And Harmonia, the daughter of golden Aphrodite, bare to Cadmus Ino and Semele and fair-cheeked Agave and Autonoe whom long haired Aristaeus wedded, and Polydorus also in rich- crowned Thebe.
In Thrace, Aeneas encounters Polydorus and learns that he cannot stay there, for "fate opposed it.
If the play began with the living corpse of Polydorus, the young son, it ends with the triumph of the living corpse of his old mother, Hecuba, now beyond human control, beyond blame, beyond guilt, dead in all but name like her city and children, the ghost of what she was.
Anyone versed in Greek mythology (there were more then than there are now) would have remembered that, according to Euripides, in later life Hecuba was turned into a dog for blinding Polymestor, the murderer of her son Polydorus, so you might consider Hector to have been a literal pup, perhaps even the original SOB.
Although references to the Olympic games and Olympia appear frequently in Byzantine literature, ostensibly for the first time in the work of the Florentine poet and statesman Mateo Palmieri and subsequently in the work of European humanists, including Virgilius Polydorus and Hieronymus Mercurialis, the games are first mentioned in western European literature in the work of French dramatist Robert Garnier, specifically in his tragedy, Cornelie.
As a private individual, Hecuba enacts vengeance on Polymestor for his betrayal of her trust in killing her son Polydorus.