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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.
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Noun1.Achaian - a member of one of four linguistic divisions of the prehistoric GreeksAchaian - a member of one of four linguistic divisions of the prehistoric Greeks
Hellene, Greek - a native or inhabitant of Greece
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Now happiest, loveliest in yon lovely Earth, Whence sprang the "Idea of Beauty" into birth,(Falling in wreaths thro' many a startled star, Like woman's hair 'mid pearls, until, afar, It lit on hills Achaian, and there dwelt) She look'd into Infinity - and knelt.
But on the pillars Seraph eyes have seen The dimness of this world : that greyish green That Nature loves the best for Beauty's grave Lurk'd in each cornice, round each architrave - And every sculptur'd cherub thereabout That from his marble dwelling peeréd out Seem'd earthly in the shadow of his niche - Achaian statues in a world so rich ?
He is placed, by one critic, l4 as far back as the institution of the Achaian League, B.C.
For the present study, I use material from three Achaian sites (see Table 3).
The consultation of the leaders in the initial section, and the final section with its image of increasing Achaian pressure on the Trojans also attracts scholarly attention.
Matthias is chosen to go and teach those living in a city where they 'ate no bread and drank no water, but ate human flesh and drank their blood.' The author seems firmly to place the city within the Greek, Achaian sphere (perhaps alluding to Homer's Myrmadons, if Dennis MacDonald [1994] is on track), not in far-off Skythia.
You wine-sodden wretch, dog-faced, deer-hearted, not once have you dared to arm yourself for battle with your troops, or joined in an ambush with the Achaian chieftains!
The real strength of the study is that the particulars of regional Boiotian, Achaian, and Aitolian participation in local trade, conflicts, and cults are scoured for clues as to how and why cooperative alliances formed among the multiple institutions that existed both simultaneously and consecutively.
into your arms, and was denied some minor dull-speared Achaian, a