Anchises is the grandson of Tros, one of the kings of Troy.  He is the son of Aeneas.

He was a handsome man, and the goddess Aphrodite fell in love with him.  They slept together, and afterwards Aphrodite told him to not tell of their affair.  The goddess gave birth to their son, Aeneas, and returned the child to Anchises.  While drunk one day, Anchises boasted of having slept with the goddess of love, and Zeus struck him with a lightning bolt for his boasting.  Anchises did not die, but was left a cripple for the rest of his life. 

When Troy fell, Aeneas took his father with him on his back as he fled.  Anchises later died during the Trojans stay in Sicily.


  1. VirgilAeneid.