A son of the Trojan Antenor and Theano, the priestess of Athena.1 He appears in the Iliad as one of the bravest among the Trojans, and is one of their leaders in the attack upon the fortifications of the Greeks.2 He even ventures to fight with Achilles, who is wounded by him.3 Apollo rescued him in a cloud from the anger of Achilles, and then assumed himself the appearance of Agenor, by which means he drew Achilles away from the walls of Troy, and afforded to the fugitive Trojans a safe retreat to the city.4

According to Pausanias5 Agenor was slain by Neoptolemus, and was represented by Polygnotus in the great painting in the Lesche of Delphi.



  1. Homer. Iliad xii, 59, vi, 297.
  2. ibid. iv, 467, xii, 93, xiv, 425.
  3. ibid. xxi, 570 ff.
  4. ibid. xxi, in fin.
  5. Description of Greece x, 27.1.


  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.