Acestes (healer) In Greek and Roman mythology, a king of Eryx; son of the Sicilian river god Crimisus and a Trojan woman, Egesta (or Segesta) who was sent by her father to Sicily to escape from monsters menacing the area around Troy. Acestes founded the town of Segesta. There he hospitably received the Trojan hero Aeneas after he fled from Troy. Acestes helped Aeneas bury his father on Mount Eryx, and in commemoration of this deed Aeneas built a city there called Acesta. The story of Acestes is told in Vergil’s Aeneid (book 5).


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