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a member of one of four linguistic divisions of the prehistoric Greeks


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the ancient Greek inhabitants of Achaea

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When they had quarrelled thus angrily, they rose, and broke up the assembly at the ships of the Achaeans.
Agamemnon is mad with rage and knows not how to look before and after that the Achaeans may fight by their ships in safety.
The sons of the Achaeans shared it duly among themselves, and chose lovely Chryseis as the meed of Agamemnon; but Chryses, priest of Apollo, came to the ships of the Achaeans to free his daughter, and brought with him a great ransom: moreover he bore in his hand the sceptre of Apollo, wreathed with a suppliant's wreath, and he besought the Achaeans, but most of all the two sons of Atreus who were their chiefs.
Let the Achaeans be hemmed in at the sterns of their ships, and perish on the sea-shore, that they may reap what joy they may of their king, and that Agamemnon may rue his blindness in offering insult to the foremost of the Achaeans.
Would indeed that you had lived your span free from all sorrow at your ships, for it is all too brief; alas, that you should be at once short of life and long of sorrow above your peers: woe, therefore, was the hour in which I bore you; nevertheless I will go to the snowy heights of Olympus, and tell this tale to Jove, if he will hear our prayer: meanwhile stay where you are with your ships, nurse your anger against the Achaeans, and hold aloof from fight.
Even as thou didst hear me aforetime when I prayed, and didst press hardly upon the Achaeans, so hear me yet again, and stay this fearful pestilence from the Danaans.
Thus all day long the young men worshipped the god with song, hymning him and chaunting the joyous paean, and the god took pleasure in their voices; but when the sun went down, and it came on dark, they laid themselves down to sleep by the stern cables of the ship, and when the child of morning, rosy-fingered Dawn, appeared they again set sail for the host of the Achaeans.
Honour him then yourself, Olympian lord of counsel, and grant victory to the Trojans, till the Achaeans give my son his due and load him with riches in requital.
I believe, therefore, that you have been promising her to give glory to Achilles, and to kill much people at the ships of the Achaeans.
This Odyssean reference to civilian Ithacans as long-haired Achaeans who must come from great distances on such short notice has struck some critics as out of place, perhaps better suited to the Iliad.
Draw near, illustrious Odysseus, man of many tales, great glory at the Achaeans, and bring your ship to rest so that you may hear our voices.
This prayer is strangely ambivalent (O' Higgins 1989, 45), (13) possibly indicating that the Achaeans are so unsure of the outcome of the battle, and specifically about what side Zeus will take, that they are unable to even wish for victory without qualification.
Cassandra's intemperate behavior and her taking intense pleasure in the Greeks' suffering make her moral position questionable, while her arguments that Troy at war was more blessed than the Achaeans are undermined by their one-sidedness and selective reading of the war.
He establishes this with Helen's first appearance in the epic, where she is depicted silently weaving a purple tapestry into which she has worked the sufferings that the Trojans and Achaeans "endured for her sake from the hands of Ares" (Il.
Particularly since the 1979 publication of Gregory Nagy 's Best of the Achaeans, which argues for the rhetorical and cultural permeability of epic and satire in archaic Greece, scholars have sought to identify the Homeric origins of iambic blame poetry in various characters and episodes of the Iliad and Odyssey.