In Greek mythology, Eëtion (Ancient Greek: Ἠετίων or Ηετίωνας) was the king of the Cilician Thebe; Eetion was the father of Andromache, wife of Hector, and of seven sons, including Podes.

The city was specifically referred to as Cilician Thebe to distinguish it from the city of Boeotia. Cilician Thebe was said to be located east of Mount Ida in Asia Minor, upon the foothills of Mount Placus.

In Book 6 of the Iliad, Andromache relates that Achilles killed Eëtion and his seven sons in a raid on Thebe, but in Book 17, Podes appears and is killed by Menelaus.

This inconsistency on Homer's part may be an implication that some traditions gave Eëtion eight sons.

The story goes as follows:

Eetion would find a suitable match for his daughter in the form of Hector, son of King Priam of Troy; and Andromache and Hector would be married.

This marriage would mean Eetion was allied with Troy, and during the Trojan War, Cilician Thebe would become a target for the Achaean forces. Late in the Trojan War, Thebe would be attacked by forces led by Achilles, and the city of Thebe would fall.

In the defence of Thebe, Eetion and his sons who were present were killed; the body of Eetion though was not defiled, and the deceased king was placed upon a funeral pyre in his armour.

A son of Eetion, Podes, was not present during the fall of Thebe, but he was later killed by Menelaus.

The wife of Eetion would be captured during the sacking of Thebe, as was Chryseis, the beautiful daughter of Chryses (who was carried off by Achilles and later became the war prize of Agamemnon). The wife of Eetion was though seemingly ransomed, unlike Chryseis (aka, Astynome), for the mother of Andromache was later said to have died in Troy from sickness.


Hyginus, Fabulae, 123

Homer, Iliad, 6. 414 ff

Iliad, 17. 575 ff

Iliad, 6. 425-429

Dictys Cretensis. Trojan War Chronicle, 2.17 & 2.19

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