The legendary founder of the city was Helenus, son of Priam, and Virgil (Aen.
291 sq.) tells how Helenus here established a new Trojan kingdom.
When Neoptolemus was slain at Delphi, he left his wife and kingdom to Helenus, the brother of Hector (Virgil, Aen.
He was brought up by his grandfather Lycomedes in the island of Scyros, and taken to Troy in the last year of the war by Odysseus, since Helenus had declared that the city could not be captured without the aid of a descendant of Aeacus.
When Diomede is at the height of his Aristeia Helenus says (Il.
HELENUS, in Greek legend, son of Priam and Hecuba, and twin-brother of Cassandra.
He is said to have been originally called Scamandrius, and to have received the name of Helenus from a Thracian soothsayer who instructed him in the prophetic art.
After the death of Paris, Helenus and his brother Deiphobus became rivals for the hand of Helen.
DeIphobus was preferred, and Helenus withdrew in indignation to Mount Ida, where he was captured by the Greeks, whom he advised to build the wooden horse and carry off the Palladium.
After the capture of Troy, he and his sister-in-law Andromache accompanied Neoptolemus (Pyrrhus) as captives to Epirus, where Helenus persuaded him to settle.
After the death of Neoptolemus, Helenus married Andromache and became ruler of the country.
When Aeneas, in the course of his wanderings, reached Epirus, he was hospitably received by Helenus, who predicted his future destiny.
To certain favoured mortals he communicated the gift of prophecy (Cassandra, the Cumaean sibyl, Helenus, Melampus and Epimenides).