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Laodamas (/lˈɒdəməs/; Ancient Greek: Λᾱοδάμᾱς,[1] Lāodámās, literally "tamer of the people") refers to five different people in Greek mythology.

  • Laodamas, son of Eteocles, inherited Thebes from his father.[2] In one version of the myth (different from the one recounted in Sophocles' Antigone), he was responsible for the deaths of his aunts Antigone and Ismene, whom he prosecuted for having buried Polynices. They sought refuge in the temple of Hera, but Laodamas set fire to it and thus killed them.[3] During the battle of the Epigoni, he was killed by Alcmaeon after he killed Aegialeus.[4] Other sources state that he survived and fled to the Encheleans in Illyria,[2][5] and subsequently led an expedition to Thessaly.[6]
  • Laodamas, son of Alcinous and Arete of the Phaecians. Alcinous gives Odysseus Laodamas's chair, "whence he bade his son give place, valiant Laodamas, who sat next him and was his dearest".[7] He is the most handsome of the Phaeacians, and the best boxer in the games held in Odysseus's honor. He and his brothers Halius and Clytoneus are also the winners of the foot-racing contest.[8] Laodamas asks Odysseus to join in the games. After Odysseus is rebuked by Euryalus, he challenges any of the Phaeacians save Laodamas.[9] Laodamas and Halius are the best dancers among the Phaeacians.[10][11]
  • Laodamas, son of Antenor and Theano. He was a Trojan warrior killed by Ajax.[12]
  • Laodamas, a Lycian killed by Neoptolemus during the Trojan War.[13]
  • Laodamas, son of Hector and Andromache and brother of Astyanax.[14][15] Unlike Astyanax, he was spared by the Greeks and stayed by his mother's side.[16]


The name Laodamas also refers to three minor characters associated with the Trojan War:


  1. ^ gen. Λᾱοδάμαντος
  2. ^ a b Pausanias, Description of Greece, 9. 5. 13
  3. ^ Ion of Chios in Sallustius' argumentum of Sophocles' Antigone
  4. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3. 7. 3
  5. ^ Herodotus, Histories, 5. 61. 1
  6. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 9. 8. 6
  7. ^ Od. 7. 170
  8. ^ Od. 8. 119 - 120
  9. ^ Od. 8. 130 - 210
  10. ^ Od. 8. 370
  11. ^ Butcher, SH and Lang, A: The Odyssey of Homer, Project Gutenberg
  12. ^ Homer, Iliad, 15. 516 - 517
  13. ^ Quintus Smyrnaeus, Fall of Troy, 11. 20
  14. ^ Dictys Cretensis, 3. 20
  15. ^ Tzetzes, Homerica, 319
  16. ^ Dictys Cretensis, 6. 12
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