In Greek mythology, Panthous (Ancient Greek: Πάνθοος), son of Othrys, was an elder of Troy,[1] husband of the "queenly" Phrontis and father of Euphorbus,[2] Polydamas[3] and Hyperenor.[4]


Panthous was originally a priest of Apollo at Delphi. When Priam, after Troy had been destroyed by Heracles, sent a son of Antenor to Delphi to inquire whether it was appropriate to build a new citadel on the foundations of the destroyed city, said son of Antenor was charmed by Panthous' beauty and carried him off. Panthous, in accord with Priam' s will, continued to perform his duties as a priest of Apollo at Troy.[5]

Panthous was credited with killing four Greeks in the Trojan War.[6] In the Aeneid, Panthous is portrayed lamenting his own and Troy's fate on the night of the city's fall, with his baby grandson in his arms.[7] He is further killed by one of the Greeks.[8]


  1. ^ Homer, Iliad 3.146
  2. ^ Homer, Iliad 17.81
  3. ^ Homer, Iliad14.454
  4. ^ Homer, Iliad 17.41
  5. ^ Servius, Commentary on Virgil's Aeneid 2.318
  6. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 115
  7. ^ Virgil, Aeneid 2.317 ff.
  8. ^ Virgil, Aeneid 2.429 - 430


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