Neoptolemos

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When Menelaos, brother of Agamemnon and uncle of Orest, left to Troy, he told Orest he could marry his daughter Hermione in the future. But later he forgot his promise and he made the same proposal to Neoptolemos (Pyrrhos), the brave son of Achilles. At his return, he kept the second promise and sent his daughter to Pythia to marry Neoptolemos.

However, the broom had already a child from the widow Andromache, who was sent to the castle as a war prisoner by Achilles and won there Neoptolemos' heart. The name of their son was Molossos.

Of course, Hermione hated Andromache and her son, and was waiting just for the right moment to get her out of the way. She then she called her father Menelaos and told him her husband was cheating on her. One day, when Neoptolemos was on his way to Delphi, father and daughter appeared and wanted to kill him, but his grandfather Peleus arrived just on time to save him.

When Menelaos returned to Sparta, he found his daughter rightly afraid of her husband's revenge. Then Orest arrived, as he had heard about the story and wanted to offer his help because he was still in love with Hermione. Before visiting them, however, he had already passed by Delphi before Neoptolemos would do it and had spread the rumor that he wanted to rob the burial chamber. As he arrived to the temple, he found an angry crowd ready to kill him. So they did, and the new couple could came back from their hide-out to Mycenae.

Peleus buried his grandson and let the nymph Thetis, with whom he fathered Achilles, take him deep in the sea somewhere where he could find happiness to live without age. After the death of her lover, Andromache married Helenos, the son of Priamos, and went with him to Epiros, which was still a part of Neoptolemos' properties. There would reign one day Molossos, the only son of the Aiakiden generation..

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