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(Ἶλος; Îlos).

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[1] Founder of Troy

Heros eponymos and founder of Ilios/Ilium ( Troy); son of  Tros, father of  Laomedon (Hom. Il. 20,231ff.;  Dardanidae). His tomb is mentioned in the Iliad (11,166 et passim) as a fixed topographical point in the plain of Troy. The fullest account of the foundation legend is offered by Apollod. 3,140ff.; a coin of the emperor Caracalla from Ilium shows I. sacrificing before the  Palladion, which he received from Zeus at the founding of the city, according to Apollodorus.

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Stoevesandt, Magdalene (Basle), “Ilus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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