Queen Hecuba was the wife of King Priam of Troy, and was the mother of Hector, Cassandra, Deiphobus, Creusa, Polites, Helenus, Polydorus, and most notably, Paris. Hecuba was constantly tormented by the deaths of her sons. First she saw Achilles' sword slay Hector, then Paris was killed by the bow and arrows of Hercules. Arrows that were dipped in the venom of the Hydra. Next she witnessed Pyrhus, son of Achilles, kill the rest of her sons before decapitating Priam. After Troy's fall, she saw her daughter, Polyxena, taken by Neoptolemus to be used as a sacrifice on Achilles' tomb. But Hecuba never knew that Cassandra and Agamemnon were murdered in the latter's own palace by Queen Clytemnestra and her lover, Aegisthus.