Other names: Aegesta
The Trojan Phoenodamas (others call him Hippotes, Ippoteus or Ipsostratus)
had three daughters. When he was to be compelled by Laomedon to expose
one of them to the marine monster which was ravaging the country, he called
the people together and induced them to compel Laomedon, whose guilt had
brought the monster into the country, to expose his own daughter Hesione.
Laomedon then took vengeance by causing some sailors to convey the three
daughters of Phoenodamas to desert part of the coast of Sicily (some say
Libya). One of these maidens was Segesta or Egesta, with whom the river
god Crimissus, in the shape of a bear or a dog, begot Aegestus, Egestus
or Acestes, by whom Egesta in Sicily was built. Sent to Sicily by her
family from Troy.
According to another tradition, she returned to Troy, married Capys and
gave birth to Anchises.
1. P. Grimal. A Concise Dictionary of Classical Mythology. Oxford,
England; Cambridge, Mass.: Basil Blackwell Ltd, 1990.
2. Sir W. Smith, ed. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology,
vol. 3. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1870.