SARPEDON, in Greek legend, son of Zeus and Laodameia, Lycian prince and hero of the Trojan war.
In later tradition, Sarpedon was the son of Zeus and Europa and the brother of Minos.
His chief exploits during the war were his defence of the wounded Sarpedon, his fight with Ajax, son of Telamon (his particular enemy), and the storming of the Greek ramparts.
He was so weak that the under-secretary, Robert Wood, author of an essay on The Original Genius of Homer, would have postponed the business, but Granville said that it "could not prolong his life to neglect his duty," and quoted the speech of Sarpedon from Iliad xii.
The Lycian Sarpedon was believed to have taken part in the Trojan war.
Patroclus drives back the Trojans - kills Sarpedon - is himself killed by Hector.
He was a Lycian prince who, along with his cousin Sarpedon, assisted Priam in the Trojan War.