Polites

1989 SZ. Discovered 1989 Sept. 27 by C. S. Shoemaker and E. M. Shoemaker at Palomar.

Polites was a son of Priam, as was Deiphobus { see, respectively, planets (884) and (1867)}. They were both killed during the last moments of Troy: Deiphobus was butchered and mutilated by Menelaus {see planet (1647)}, and Polites was transfixed with a spear handled by Pyrrhus {see planet (5283)}. Pyrrhus, the most ruthless of the Greeks, broke open and invaded Priam's great house of fifty chambers, and he chased Polites along empty colonnades until he cornered and slaughtered him in front of his father and mother, Priam and Hecuba {see planet (108)}. (M 22248)

Name and citation provided by Richard Preston at the request of the discoverers.

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