Milesians


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Milesians

(mĭlē`zhənz), in Irish mythology, the ancestors of the present inhabitants of Ireland. The last invaders of ancient Ireland, they were said to have dwelt in Spain before attacking Ireland, where they defeated the Tuatha De DanannTuatha De Danann
, in Irish mythology, invaders of ancient Ireland before the Milesians. They were endowed with great supernatural powers, which enabled them to defeat their predecessors, the Fomors. However, they were themselves defeated by the Milesians.
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Pozo Garza's poems aspire to the fusion of the two Celtic communities, the Galician and the Irish, and they draw extensively on Lebor Gabala Erenn, the Book of Invasions which narrates the invasion of Ireland by the Milesians.
These last were eventually overthrown by the Milesians, under their king, Mil Espaine (Miles Hispaniae).
And of course, we cannot disregard Anaximander, one of the great Milesian monists, who had ushered apeiron into the lexicon of Greek philosophy by his bold conviction that apeiron is the real arche out of which all things have their beginning and into which they all in turn perish--with the implication, similar to that of the atomists', that apeiron is not a deficiency needing to be defeated, but, quite the contrary, the wholeness which comprises all the opposites (Sweeney 1992:544).
This contrast emerges at first contact when the Milesians attempt to land on the shores of Ireland, for "If the Sons of the Gael could land on the coast in spite of them, then the Tuatha De Danaan should give up the kingship and be under their sway" (Gregory 72).
The sixth chapter turns to Herodotus's account of Phrynichus's Fall of Miletus, the earliest performance of a tragedy on record, staged only two years after the Persians' actual defeat of the Milesians.
the Milesians, the Eleatics and the Sophists] all wondered aloud in the village square about the ultimate constitution of the universe, about the ultimate nature of things, about the nature of concepts and about the structure of the human society.
13 In which country's legendary past did the Milesians wipe out the Firbolgs?
The Milesians came from Galicia in Spain and are ancestors of the Gaels who conquered Ireland and became its dominant tribe.
26) And yet, because The Wild Irish Girl was published five years after the Act of Union, and because Owenson evidently feared the true Milesians were dying away, she paradoxically advocates the destruction of this Gaelic world in the assimilation of English and Irish.
While Miletus (from whence the adjective 'Milesian'), was geographically situated in Carla, the region of Asia Minor immediately to the south of Ionia, the Milesians spoke an Ionian dialect and used the Ionic script.
He also takes pains not to patronize their sometimes outrageous speculations: while the debates about the arche or origin of all nature that raged between the Milesians, Heraclitus, Parmenides, and the atomists seem to modern minds to be insufficiently methodical and empirical (and to postmodern minds as still too caught up in the illusions of metaphysics), one ought to commend them as having been the first to try to account for the nature of things by discursive thought, by logos, rather than by relying on story-telling tradition or mythos.
Sybaris was proverbial for the same quality that made the Milesians notorious, namely luxury and licentious behavior.