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Myrmidones
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(Μυρμιδόνες/Myrmidónes). People who lived in the old Thessalian region of Phthia (the future Achaea Phthiotis). According to Homer they were the subjects of king Peleus (Hom. Il. 21,188f.), and then of king Neoptolemos (Hom. Od. 3,188); as followers of Achilles [1] they took part in the Trojan War with 50 ships (Hom. Il. 2, 683ff.). Their neighbours were the  Hellenes of Hellas (Hom. Il. 9,382; Hom. Od. 11,496). A doubt has recently been raised whether their capital city (on the site of the future Pharsalus) was likewise called Phthia. According to Homeric tradit…

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Kramolisch, Herwig (Eppelheim), “Myrmidones”, 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 12 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e814400>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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