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Aesacus or Aisakos in Greek mythology was a son of King Priam of Troy. Aesacus sorrowed for the death of his wife or would-be lover, a daughter of the river Cebren, and was transformed into a bird.

Apollodorus (3.12.5) makes Aesacus son of Priam's first wife Arisbe daughter of Merops. Apollordorus and Tzetzes (Scholiast on Lycophron 224) also make Aeascus a seer who has learned the interpretation of dreams from his grandfather Merops. For them Aesacus is the interpreter of Hecabe's dream when Hecabe gives birth to Paris. In Apollodorus the deceased daughter of Cebren for whom Aesacus mourns is his wife named Asterope.

In Ovid's Metamorphoses (11.749-759), Aesacus is an illegitimate son of King Priam secretly born to the nymph Alexirhoe daughter of the river Granicus. Aesacus avoids Ilium, preferring the countryside. One day he catches sight of the nymph Hesperia daughter of the river Cebren, falls in love, and pursues her. But as Hesperia flees a poisonous snake strikes her and she dies. Aesacus, unable to bear living any longer, leaps from a tall cliff into the sea but as he plunges he is changed into a bird by Tethys. Aesacus still attempts to dive into the depth yet continues still to live in the form of a diving bird.

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Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, page 36 (v. 1) (1000 words)
AESACUS (Aio-attos), a son of Priam and Arisbe, the daughter of Merops, from whom Aesa- cus learned the art of interpreting dreams.
[paris.] Aesacus himself was married to Asterope, the daughter of the river-god Cebren, who died early, and while he was lamenting her death he was changed into a bird.
Ac­ cording to him, Aesacus was the son of Alexirhoe, the daughter of the river Granicus.
Aesacus (51 words)
She fled from his avances, but was bitten by an adder and died.
Grief-stricken, Aesacus hurled himself into the sea, but was changed into a bird by Tethys.
Article "Aesacus" created on 19 April 1999; last modified on 21 April 1999 (Revision 2).
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