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Aisakos (Αἴσακος) was a son of King Priam of Troy. Aisakos sorrowed for the death of his wife or would-be lover, a daughter of the river Kebren, and was transformed into a bird.


King Priam & Arisbe

Spouse & Lovers



Apollodorus' account

The Bibliotheca makes Aisakos son of Priam's first wife Arisbe, daughter of Merops. Apollodorus and Tzetzes also make Aisakos a seer who has learned the interpretation of dreams from his grandfather Merops. For them Aisakos is the interpreter of Hekabe's dream when Hekabe gives birth to Paris. In Apollodorus the deceased daughter of Kebren for whom Aisakos mourns is his wife named Asterope.

Ovid's account

In Ovid's Metamorphoses, 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. However, as Hesperia flees a venomous 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.