Scaean Gate - Laomedon, father of Priam,
was punished by a pestilence and a sea monster when he refused to pay the gods
and Poseidon for building the walls of Troy
for him. Only the sacrifice of Laomedon's daughter Hesione
could relieve Troy
of this punishment, until the Greek hero Heracles, to whom the king promised his
divine horses, killed the monster and rescued Hesione.
However, King Laomedon again refused to pay, and so Heracles returned with his
men to capture Troy
and killed Laomedon and all his sons except Priam.
Laomedon was buried near the Scaean Gate, and it was believed that Troy's
walls would remain impregnable as long as his grave remained undisturbed.