Thessalian king who was the first to die in the Trojan War. Even though it had been prophesied that the first Greek who touched Trojan ground would also be the first to die, Protesilaus did not hesitate to walk into Trojan ground. His wife Laodamia was so distraught with grief that she managed to persuade the gods to give her a short time to reunite with her dead husband, and when the time was up she committed suicide and joined him in Hades.