Astyanax Remembered single work   poetry   "Was it Odysseus, or Neoptolemus,"
  • Author: Diane Fahey http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/fahey-diane
Issue Details: First known date: 1998 1998
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  • Author's note: Calchas settled the boy's fate by prophesying that, if allowed to survive, he would avenge his parents and his city. Though all other princes shrank from infanticide, Odysseus willingly hurled Astyanax from the battlements. But some say that Neoptolemus, to whom Hector's widow Andromache had fallen as a prize in the division of spoil, snatched Astyanax from her, in anticipation of the Council's decree, whirled him around his head by one foot and flung him upon the rocks far below.
    Robert Graves

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