This is Part II on my research into situations where the gods seem to confuse an ancient Greek hero with his lineage and vice versa. Part I was TFBT Looking at His Lineage Rather than the Hero
Homer tells us that; "Tros, who was lord of the Trojans, and to Tros in turn there were born godlike Ganymedes who was the loveliest born of the race of mortals, and therefore the gods caught him away to themselves, to be Zeus' wine-pourer, for the sake of his beauty, so he might be among the immortals” [i] This is the first instant of the Olympians’ love of Trojan princes, apparently due to their beauty. Ganymede consequently became immortal and unaging. He never had any children. However his brother unfaulted Ilus fathered Capys and his other brother Assaracus fathered the universally hated Laomedon.
Laomedon in turn sired Priam and Tithonus. Of Tithonus we hear that golden-throned Eos (Dawn) snatched up Tithonus presumeable because he was as beautiful as the deathless gods and brought him to Ethiopia, and there consorting with him she bore two sons, Emathion and Memnon.[ii] At some point the rosy fingered goddess went to ask the dark-clouded Son of Cronos that he should be deathless and live eternally; and Zeus bowed his head to her prayer and fulfilled her desire.”[iii] When Memnon died as men do, the gods so loved him that once again the granted immortality to a descendant of Tros.[iv] Memnon’s cousin Hector too is “dear to the gods.” [v]
Meanwhile the descendants of Capys though not made immortal seemed to be dear to the gods also because of their great beauty. Hence we hear;
"Anchises, (son of Capys) most glorious of mortal men, take courage and be not too fearful in your heart. You need fear no harm from me nor from the other blessed ones, for you are dear to the gods: and you shall have a dear son who shall reign among the Trojans, and children's children after him, springing up continually. His name shall be Aeneas, because I felt awful grief in that I laid me in the bed of mortal man: yet are those of your race always the most like to gods of all mortal men in beauty and in stature.” (Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite 191)
Of Aeneas’ son Ascanius supposedly Virgil says in the Aeneid “Blessings on your fresh courage, boy, scion of gods and ancestor of gods yet to be, so it is man rises to the stars."
Ascanius was ancestor of the Emperor August of Rome. He as also the ancestor of Queen Victoria who ruled a quarter of the planet and upon whose empire the sun never set. These two other descendants of Tros seem pretty favored by the gods too!