Achaeans

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Achaeans

A Greek people whom Homer identifies as the besiegers of Troy. Their capital was Mycenae.
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If I have ever decked your temple with garlands, or burned your thigh-bones in fat of bulls or goats, grant my prayer, and let your arrows avenge these my tears upon the Danaans.
He will not deliver the Danaans from this pestilence till Agamemnon has restored the girl without fee or ransom to her father, and has sent a holy hecatomb to Chryse.
You have brought me neither comfort nor performance; and now you come seeing among Danaans, and saying that Apollo has plagued us because I would not take a ransom for this girl, the daughter of Chryses.
Chryses," said he, "King Agamemnon has sent me to bring you back your child, and to offer sacrifice to Apollo on behalf of the Danaans, that we may propitiate the god, who has now brought sorrow upon the Argives.
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.
And Achilles answered, "Fear not, but speak as it is borne in upon you from heaven, for by Apollo, Calchas, to whom you pray, and whose oracles you reveal to us, not a Danaan at our ships shall lay his hand upon you, while I yet live to look upon the face of the earth--no, not though you name Agamemnon himself, who is by far the foremost of the Achaeans.
5), the famous son of horse-taming Anchises, on board his sea- faring ships, a prize surpassing those of all the Danaans.
This fellow means no harm by singing the ill-fated return of the Danaans, for people always applaud the latest songs most warmly.
Thus] spake king Apollo, son of Zeus: 'Let us rouse the valiant spirit of horse-taming Hector, in hope that he may challenge some one of the Danaans in single fight to do battle with him man to man in dread combat.
In the Iliad, the gods often are watching the events of the siege at Troy as a group, and engaging in vigorous disagreement with each other about them, just as the Danaans watch the chariot race at Iliad 23.
Here I swear That in your downfall I did not avoid One weapon, one exchange with the Danaans, And if it had been fated, my own hand Had earned my death.
Yet when he looked full into the faces of the Danaans of the swift horses And shook it, and himself shouted very greatly, the spirit in their breasts was spellbound, and they forgot their impetuous strength.