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Greek Gods and Goddess: Laodice

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Introduction to Laodice

The ancient Greek Gods and Goddess contain a wealth of stories and legends, wrapped in Myths which typically provide a story with a morale code designed to influence the reader into behaviour as fitting Greek culture of the era.

In this article, we look at Laodice and the myths and legends surrounding Laodice, Laodice relationship to and with other Greek Gods and Goddess and key events and stories which relate to ancient astrology and the changing seasons.

About Laodice

This Laodice (and it seems there were many) was said to be the daughter of Priam by his second wife, Hecabe, (L. Hecuba) reportedly fell in love with Acamas the son of the Athenian Theseus, although she was already married to either Helicaon or Telephus. Acasmus came to Troy with an embassy led by Diomedes to try to negotiate the return of Helen, to avoid an all-out war. Laodice conceived and gave birth to a son, named Munitnus. The child was apparently placed in the care of Helen's slave Aethra, who was the mother of Theseus by Aegeus, thus, the grandmother of Acamas, and great grandmother of Munitnus. The embassy failed to secure the return of Helen and apparently returned to Athens after ten fruitless years of negotiations. It seems that when Acamas returned another woman called Phyllis fell deeply in love with Acamas, but it was not long before Acamas set sail for Troy once more, not for the love of Laodice, but as part of the Greek army, to rescue Helen, or destroy Troy. When Troy fell, Laodice waited in the sanctuary of Tros, beside the tombs of Cilla and Munippus, and the earth opened and swallowed her. Aethra fled with Munitus to the Greek camp where Acamas and Demophon recognised her as their grandmother, whom they had promised to rescue, or ransom. After Demophon had explained things to Agamemnon Aethra, and Munitus were reinstated and all was well, except that during the voyage Munitus was poisoned by a snake and died. See under Munitus, demophon, Phyllis, for greater depth of insight.

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