Youth who, in Greek mythology, fell in love with Hero, virgin priestess of Aphrodite. A resident of Abydos, he swam across the Hellespont every night to meet with her in Sestos, guided by a torch she placed atop a tower. One night a great tempest arose and extinguished the torch. Without the light to guide him Leander lost his way and drowned. The waves bore his body to the European shore, and when Hero saw it from her tower she cast herself into the sea.

Hero and Leander are two of the classic doomed lovers in literature.

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