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Polyxena (pōlĭkˈsĭnə) [key], in Greek mythology, daughter of Priam and Hecuba. After the death of Achilles, she was claimed by his ghost and was sacrificed at his tomb. According to later legends Achilles loved her and was treacherously killed while meeting with her; therefore he demanded her sacrifice.

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