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Ucalegon

Ucalegon (Ancient Greek: Οὐκαλέγων) was one of the Elders of Troy, whose house was set afire by the Achaeans when they sacked the city. He is one of Priam's friends in the Iliad,[1] and the destruction of his house is referred to in the Aeneid.[2]

He is referenced in the Satires of Juvenal.[3] His name in Greek is translated as "doesn't worry." The name has become a word for "neighbor whose house is on fire," and Will Shortz, editor of The New York Times crossword puzzle, has stated that it's his favorite word in the English language.[4]

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  • Iliad Study Guide: Character list
  • Iam proximus ardet Ucalegon on the Italian World Heritage Encyclopedia

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