The son of Priam, king of Troy, and his wife Hecabe and his heir apparent. His wife was Andromache and his son was Astyanax.

Hector was the greatest of the Trojan heroes, and matched the great Aias. He killed Patroclus, Achilles' friend and lover, and for this Achilles killed him.

After he was killed Achilles continued to desecrate the corpse by dragging it behind his chariot twice a day (at dawn and at dusk) seven times around the sieged city of Troy, refusing to allow Hector's burial.

Only after the old King Priam came bravely into the camp of his enemies at night, did Achilles agree to give back the corpse to his people.

After the sack of Troy Hector's six-year-old son, Astyanax, was thrown off a cliff by the Greeks.