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n. Greek Mythology
The father of Paris, Hector, and Cassandra and king of Troy, who was killed when his city fell to the Greeks.


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the last king of Troy, killed at its fall. He was father by Hecuba of Hector, Paris, and Cassandra


(ˈpraɪ əm)

a legendary king of Troy, the father of Paris, Cassandra, and Hector.
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Noun1.Priam - (Greek mythology) the last king of TroyPriam - (Greek mythology) the last king of Troy; father of Hector and Paris and Cassandra
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[ˈpraɪəm] nPriamo
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He thought that on that same day he was to take the city of Priam, but he little knew what was in the mind of Jove, who had many another hard-fought fight in store alike for Danaans and Trojans.
Cruel Jove gave me his solemn promise that I should sack the city of Priam before returning, but he has played me false, and is now bidding me go ingloriously back to Argos with the loss of much people.
But Juno said to Minerva, "Alas, daughter of aegis-bearing Jove, unweariable, shall the Argives fly home to their own land over the broad sea, and leave Priam and the Trojans the glory of still keeping Helen, for whose sake so many of the Achaeans have died at Troy, far from their homes?
Will you leave Priam and the Trojans the glory of still keeping Helen, for whose sake so many of the Achaeans have died at Troy, far from their homes?
All who have not since perished must remember as though it were yesterday or the day before, how the ships of the Achaeans were detained in Aulis when we were on our way hither to make war on Priam and the Trojans.
Would, by Father Jove, Minerva, and Apollo, that I had among them ten more such councillors, for the city of King Priam would then soon fall beneath our hands, and we should sack it.
They stood round the bull with the barley-meal in their hands, and Agamemnon prayed, saying, "Jove, most glorious, supreme, that dwellest in heaven, and ridest upon the storm-cloud, grant that the sun may not go down, nor the night fall, till the palace of Priam is laid low, and its gates are consumed with fire.
There are many allies dispersed about the city of Priam from distant places and speaking divers tongues.
Hesiod has nothing that remotely approaches such scenes as that between Priam and Achilles, or the pathos of Andromache's preparations for Hector's return, even as he was falling before the walls of Troy; but in matters that come within the range or ordinary experience, he rarely fails to rise to the appropriate level.
The actress said: "Andromache is married to Hector, who is the son of Priam and Hecuba and heir to the throne of Troy.
That discussion will rely heavily on the role of ekphrasis in the early modern social praxis of the visual and will take as its starting point an analysis of Aeneas' encounter with the stone Priam as an exercise in ekphrasis.
The Cambridge Companion also reinforces the identification of a major stylistic shift in Tippett's corpus: King Priam (1958-61) marks Tippett's transformation of a lyrical, linear, euphonious early style into a more gestural, fragmentary, dissonant later one.