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  1. Dardanus(noun)

    (Greek mythology) founder of Troy

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  1. Dardanus

    In Greek mythology, Dardanus was a son of Zeus and Electra, daughter of Atlas, and founder of the city of Dardania on Mount Ida in the Troad. Dionysius of Halicarnassus states that Dardanus' original home was in Arcadia, where Dardanus and his elder brother Iasus reigned as kings following Atlas. Dardanus married Chryse, daughter of Pallas, by whom he fathered two sons: Idaeus and Dymas. When a great flood occurred, the survivors, who were living on mountains that had now become islands, split into two groups: one group remained and took Deimas as king while the other sailed away, eventually settling in the island of Samothrace. There Iasus was slain by Zeus for lying with Demeter. Dardanus and his people found the land poor and so most of them set sail for Asia. A different account by Virgil in his Aeneid, has Aeneas in a dream learn from his ancestral Penates that "Dardanus and Father Iasius" and the Penates themselves originally came from Hesperia, afterwards renamed as Italy. This tradition holds that Dardanus was a Tyrrhenian prince, and that his mother Electra was married to Corythus, king of Tarquinia.

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  1. Dardanus

    a son of Zeus and Electra, mythical ancestor of the Trojans; originally a king in Greece.

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