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Telamon ( ancient Greek : Τελαμών ) was king of Salamis and son of Aiakos , king of Aegina and Endeis , a brother of Peleus , in Greek mythology .


Telamon accompanied Jason as one of the Argonauts and took part in the hunt for the Calydonian boar . After murdering their half-brother Phokos , Telamon and Peleus had to leave Aegina. King Cychreus of Salamis received Telamon hospitably. Telamon married Periboia , who became the mother of the Great Ajax . Telamon is in both versions of the conquest of Troy by Heracles mentioned, which is located temporally before the Trojan War. In one version Troy is ruled by King Laomedon , in the other by Tros . In both versions, Poseidon dispatched a sea monster to attack Troy.

  • In the version with King Tros, Herakles agrees, together with Telamon and Oikles , to kill the monster if Tros gives him the horses that Zeus gave him to compensate for Zeus' robbery of Ganymede . Tros agreed; Heracles killed the monster and Telamon married Hesione , Tros' daughter, who bore him Teucros .
  • In the version with King Laomedon, he planned to sacrifice his daughter Hesione to Poseidon to appease him. Heracles saved her at the last minute, killing the monster as well as Laomedon and his sons besides Ganymede , who was on Mount Olympus , and Podarkes , who saved his life by giving Herakles the Golden Fleece of Hesione. Telamon took Hesione as spoils of war and married her, and she gave birth to Teukros, the half-brother and comrade of great Ajax. Cychreus later made Telamon lord of his kingdom.

In the Trojan War , Telamon's sons Ajax and Teukros fought on the side of the Greeks. After Ajax 'suicide, Teukros became the tutor of Ajax' and Tekmessa's son Eurysakes . When Teukros returned to Salamis with Eurysakes, Telamon drove Teukros out because he had not avenged his brother's death. Telamon's successor as King of Salamis was Eurysakes.



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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Velleius Paterculus . Historia Romana 1.1.1