Demophon (voice of the people) In Greek mythology, joint king of Melos; son of Theseus and Phaedra or of Theseus’s mistress, Antiope; half brother or brother of Acamas; and in some accounts father of Munitus by Laodice, a daughter of King Priam. Demophon was one of the Greeks hidden in the wooden horse, and he helped steal the Palladium from Troy. After Troy’s fall he fell in love with Laodice, but on the way home from Troy he visited Thrace and fell in love with Phyllis, daughter of the king of Thrace. When he deserted her to live in Athens, she either hanged herself or was turned into an almond tree by Athena. Ovid’s Heroides (book 2) and Chaucer’s Legend of Good Women deal with her sad fate.


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