Polyxena was a daughter of king Priam and Hecabe. Her name means 'very hospitable', literally 'many guests', from polys, 'many' and xenos, 'guest', 'stranger'. Sadly for such an agreeable sounding person, she was put to death by Neoptolemus as the result of a request by Achilles' ghost after the fall of Troy that she should be sacrificed on his grave.