Neoptolemus

Neoptolemus  (ne-op-tol ´em-us ).—Son of Achilles and Deidamia. He was also called Pyrrhus (pir ´us ), on account of his reddish hair (Gr.); his other name, Neoptolemus, which signifies New-to-war  (Gr.), having been given to him because he came late to Troy. He displayed great valor at Troy, and was one of the heroes concealed in the wooden horse (see “Troy”). He slew Priam and his daughter Polyxena. At the distribution of captives Andromache, the widow of Hector, fell to his lot, and he took her to Epirus. He married Hermione, the beautiful daughter of Menelaus and Helen, but was slain by Orestes, to whom she had been previously promised.