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(Ἀχαιμένης; Achaiménēs, Hakhāmanis̆ in Old Persian).

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[1] Founder of the Persian royal house

Founder and eponymous hero of the Persian royal house (Hdt. 7,11), described by Darius I as the family's forefather [1. 116]; his family named itself Hakhāmanis̆iya or  Achaemenids after him [1. DB I. 3-8; 2. 43-45]. In Greek mythology, Perseus or Aegeus was the father of A. (Pl. Alc. 1, 120e; Nic. Dam. FGrH 90 F 6). According to Ael. Hist. 12,2…

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Kuhrt, Amélie (London) and Sancisi-Weerdenburg, Helen (Utrecht), “Achaemenes”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 07 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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