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 (ə-kē′ən) also A·cha·ian (ə-kā′ən, -kī′-)
1. A native or inhabitant of Achaea.
2. One of a Hellenic people believed to have inhabited the Peloponnesus and to have created the Mycenaean civilization.
3. A Greek, especially of the Mycenaean era.

A·chae′an adj.


(əˈkiːən) or


1. (Historical Terms) a member of a principal Greek tribe in the Mycenaean era
2. (Historical Terms) a native or inhabitant of the later Greek province of Achaea
(Historical Terms) of or relating to Achaea or the Achaeans


(əˈki ən)

1. a native or inhabitant of Achaea.
2. (in the Iliad and Odyssey) a Greek.
3. of or pertaining to Achaea or its inhabitants.
4. (in the Iliad and Odyssey) Greek.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Achaean - a member of one of four linguistic divisions of the prehistoric GreeksAchaean - a member of one of four linguistic divisions of the prehistoric Greeks
Hellene, Greek - a native or inhabitant of Greece
2.Achaean - the ancient Greek inhabitants of Achaea
citizenry, people - the body of citizens of a state or country; "the Spanish people"
Adj.1.Achaean - of or relating to Achaea or its ancient Greek people
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I shall content myself with barely observing here, that of all the confederacies of antiquity, which history has handed down to us, the Lycian and Achaean leagues, as far as there remain vestiges of them, appear to have been most free from the fetters of that mistaken principle, and were accordingly those which have best deserved, and have most liberally received, the applauding suffrages of political writers.
The Achaean league received its first birth from Achaeus, and its second from Aratus.
In the meantime I will go to Ithaca, to put heart into Ulysses' son Telemachus; I will embolden him to call the Achaeans in assembly, and speak out to the suitors of his mother Penelope, who persist in eating up any number of his sheep and oxen; I will also conduct him to Sparta and to Pylos, to see if he can hear anything about the return of his dear father--for this will make people speak well of him.
I could have borne it better even though he were dead, if he had fallen with his men before Troy, or had died with friends around him when the days of his fighting were done; for then the Achaeans would have built a mound over his ashes, and I should myself have been heir to his renown; but now the storm-winds have spirited him away we know not whither; he is gone without leaving so much as a trace behind him, and I inherit nothing but dismay.
Take my advice, call the Achaean heroes in assembly to-morrow morning--lay your case before them, and call heaven to bear you witness.
Sing, O goddess, the anger of Achilles son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans.
Now Chryses had come to the ships of the Achaeans to free his daughter, and had 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.
and dwelt in Olenus in the country then called Ionian, but now Achaean.
He never sent gifts for the sake of the neat-ankled maid, for he knew in his heart that golden-haired Menelaus would win, since he was greatest of the Achaeans in possessions and was ever sending messages (44) to horse-taming Castor and prize-winning Polydeuces.