Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The young son of Hector and Andromache, killed when the Greeks conquered Troy.

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Examples

  • And his son, whom all the citizens of Ilium call Astyanax — ‘Lord of the City’ — will be a slave to the Achaean pigs, sold away from his slave-whore mother.

    Ilium

  • The body of little Scamandrius, also lovingly known as Astyanax, not quite one year old, lies on the floor — hacked to pieces.

    Ilium

  • When he had played till he was tired and went to sleep, he would lie in a bed, in the arms of his nurse, on a soft couch, knowing neither want nor care, whereas now that he has lost his father his lot will be full of hardship — he, whom the Trojans name Astyanax, because you,

    The Iliad of Homer

  • When he had played till he was tired and went to sleep, he would lie in a bed, in the arms of his nurse, on a soft couch, knowing neither want nor care, whereas now that he has lost his father his lot will be full of hardship -- he, whom the Trojans name Astyanax, because you, O Hector, were the only defence of their gates and battlements.

    The Iliad

  • Homer evidently agreed with the men: and of the name given by them he offers an explanation; -- the boy was called Astyanax ( 'king of the city'), because his father saved the city.

    Cratylus

  • “And Hector’s little boy, Scamandrius, whom the people call Astyanax?”

    Ilium

  • Nor did it help to know that the Achaean who will capture her — Pyrrhos, destined to become ancestor to the kings of the Eperiote tribe of the Molossians and to be given a hero’s tomb at Delphi — would rip Hector’s child, Scamandrius (called Astyanax, “Lord of the City,” by the residents of Ilium), from his nurse’s breast and will fling the child from the high walls to his bloody death.

    Ilium

  • Brunetti, who has been reading the Greek dramatists, is deeply affected by the discovery: He could not bring himself, not that night, to read of the death of Astyanax.

    Book review

  • Biomimicry strikes again – this time with Snookie, an underwater robot that has an artificial sensory organ inspired by the “lateral-line system” seen in blind fish like the Astyanax.

    Ariel Schwartz | Inhabitat

  • But in some versions of the story Astyanax lived on to found settlements in Corsica and Sardinia.

    The Lensman's Children

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