Monday, June 19, 2023

The City in Spain Founded by a Greek Hero of the Trojan War

 From Greek Reporter:

Pontevedra is almost 4,000 kilometers (2,485 miles) away from Hisarlik, the archaeological site believed to have been Troy, so what could possibly link this city in Spain to one of the heroes of the Trojan War?According to local legends, Teucer (Greek: Τεύκρος), an ancient Greek hero and skilled archer depicted by Homer in the Iliad, founded the city of Pontevedra in Spain after fighting in the Trojan War.

The legend may reflect an ancient Greek presence in the region, as the Greeks were fond of associating geographical spaces with their mythical heroes and powerful gods. As for Teucer himself, the hero is said to have also founded Salamis, an ancient city on the island of Cyprus.

Teucer is one of the lesser-known characters in the Iliad. Although more famous figures like Achilles, Hector, and Agamemnon tend to take the limelight, Homer nevertheless depicts Teucer as a supremely good archer, and he is certainly one of the most accurate warriors with a bow in the entire story.

Teucer was the son of Telamon, the king of Salamis, and the half-brother of the famous hero Ajax. The pair made for a formidable team during the battles depicted in the Iliad, with Teucer often taking cover behind the giant shield of Ajax as he loosed a hailstorm of arrows at the Trojans. (Read more.)

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