The last king of Troy, son of Laomedon. He had 17 (or 19) children by his second wife Hecuba/Hekabe (including Hektor, Paris, Troilos) and up to 50 by various concubines. At the Sack of Troy he was killed by Neoptolemos, at an altar. He often appears watching various Trojan scenes, and before Achilles begging for the return of Hektor's body.
Above left: Priam approaches Achilles. Detail from an Athenian red-figure clay vase, about 500-450 BC. Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum 3710 © Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum Licence Plate 11 UK 1007 151
Above right: Priam shielding his grandson at an altar. Detail from Athenian red-figure hydria c. 480/475 BC. Naples. Museo Archeologico Nazionale H2422 © Museo Archeologico Nazionale. Naples