Polymestor, or Polymnestor, was the king of the Thracian Chersonesus, and the husband of Ilione, a daughter of Priam. He killed Priam's son, Polydorus, who had been entrusted to him for the purpose of getting possession of his treasures, and cast the boy's body into the sea. The body was afterwards washed upon the coast, where it was found and recognized by his mother Hecabe, who together with other Trojan captives took vengeance upon Polymestor by killing his two children, and putting out his eyes.



  • Euripides. Hecuba l.c., 1050.
  • Ovid. Metamorphoses xiii, 432 ff., 536.
  • Plutarch. Parallela Minora, 24.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.
  • Virgil. Aeneid iii, 49 ff.