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Sarpedon (särpē´dən), in Greek mythology, son of Zeus and Laodamia, who was the daughter of Bellerophon. In the Iliad, as an ally of the Trojans, Sarpedon courageously led the Lycians against the Greeks in the Trojan War. He was killed by Patroclus, and Zeus had him carried back to Lycia for a hero's burial. According to post-Homeric legend, Sarpedon was the son of Zeus and Europa who, after a quarrel with his brother Minos, fled to Lycia.