The son of Erichthonius and Astyoche. He was the king of Phrygia, and the country and people of Troy derived their name from him.1 His wife was Callirrhoe, daughter of the river god Scamander, by whom he had three sons, Assaracus, Ilus, and Ganymede, and a daughter, Cleopatra.2 His son Ganymede, a youth of exceptional beauty, was abducted by Zeus to be his cup-bearer. Zeus repaid Tros for his loss with the finest of all horses beneath the sun, those that carry the immortals.3



  1. Homer. Iliad xx, 230 ff.
  2. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 12.2.
  3. Homer. Iliad v, 265; Pausanias. Description of Greece v, 24.1.


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