Hecuba's Dream

Hecuba's Dream

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  • Tommorow's going to be tough.
  • I must kill my son?
  • I'm afraid so. The gods have spoken.
  • Hecuba, the queen of Troy lies sleeping the night before her son Paris's birth.
  • Take him into the mountains and kill him. Bring me his tongue as proof.
  • I will.
  • In her dream, she foresaw that when she birthed him, Paris was a torch, burning down the great city of Troy.
  • Goodbye Paris.
  • She told her husband, Priam, the king of Troy, who consulted the city priests for advice. The elders told the king and queen to kill the unborn son, for he would someday destroy Troy.
  • This is a sign from the gods!
  • Distraught, King Priam ordered his chief herdsman, Agelaos, to kill Paris in the mountains and bring back his tongue as proof.
  • Agelaos couldn't kill Paris because when he was born, Paris was an exceptionally beautiful child. Instead, he chose to leave Paris in the outdoors so either wild animals would kill him or the cold would.
  • Agelaos returned to Paris being cared by a family of wild bears. Taking it as a sign of the gods, he decided not to kill Paris and raise him as his own child.
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