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In Greek mythology, Assaracus (/əˈsærəkəs/; Ancient Greek: Ἀσσάρακος Assarakos) was a king of Dardania.[1]


Assaracus was the second son of Tros, King of Dardania[2][3][4][5] by his wife Callirhoe, daughter of Scamander,[6][7][8] or Acallaris, daughter of Eumedes,[9] he was the brother of Ilus, Ganymede, Cleopatra and Cleomestra.[10][11] Assaracus married Hieromneme, daughter of Simoeis; others say his wife was Clytodora, daughter of Laomedon.[9] Either by them, he became the father of his son and heir was Capys.[12]

According to a less common version, Aesyetes and Cleomestra were also mentioned as parents of Assaracus. In this account, his brothers were Alcathous and Antenor.[13] In some versions of the myth, Ganymedes was not a brother of Assaracus but also a son of Assaracus.[14]


Assaracus inherited the throne of Dardania when his elder brother Ilus preferred to reign instead over his newly founded city of Ilium (which also became known as Troy); when he died, the kingship passed to his son Capys. As a tribute to all his good work, Assaracus was buried in the midst of Troy, close to the temple of Athena and the later palace of Priam.[15]

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He is mentioned in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman as "the unseemly," brother to Mailure.[16]

Sibling Rivalry Press features a quarterly literary journal of poetry entitled Assaracus.[17]