name was mentioned once in Homer's Illiad
, and then only in passing. Homer
called him a sage
and fluent orator
. Nothing was on fire
(or was even in immediate danger of catching fire
) at the time. I'm sure he was pleased.
In Book II of Virgil's Aeneid, we learn that Ucalegon had at some point in his life decided to take up residence in close proximity to Deiphobus, Hector's successor as the leader of the Trojan army.
Now, at the best of times that would probably be a bad idea -- but living next door to the Trojan commander during the sacking of Troy shows incredibly poor judgement on Ucalegon's behalf. Not very sage-like, if you ask me.
Deiphobus' palace went up in flames -- and Ucalegon's home burned soon after.