Myrmidons


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Myrmidons

originally ants, turned into human beings by Zeus to populate the island of Oenone. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 697]
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Ambushed by Achilles and his Myrmidons, Hector narrates and comments on his own death:
(29) Taplin (1972, 37) discusses Aeschylus' characteristic use of silence, including in the lost plays, the Myrmidons (of Achilles), and of Niobe in her eponymous play, in addition to the dramatic silences of Cassandra and Pylades in the Oresteia, but the scope of his article does not include the silence of the Chorus of Elders or the Athenian jurors.
Even Zeus becomes involved in the mayhem, which also includes the Myrmidons, the Fates, and sea monsters.
Why is it that editorial pens are sheathed and so-called human rights groups are deafeningly silent when the murderous myrmidons of Islam evilly blow innocent children and adults into the next life, while they have no problem finding venomous condemnation of all firearms owners when a few mental cases horribly misuse firearms or when Islamic people are killed while being used as human shields by the "warriors" of Islam lobbing shells into Israeli cities and towns?
[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] Cycnus was buried by Ceyx together with the countless host Of those who lived near the city of the famous king, Anthe and the city of the Myrmidons and famous Iolcus And Arne and Helice.
He sulks in his hut, forbids his Myrmidons to fight, and lets his friends and allies be slaughtered by the Trojans.
When Thetis brings the armour to Achilleus, the Myrmidons are overwhelmed by trembling and fear, and they turn away: ('But trembling took hold of all the Myrmidons, and no man dared to look with his face towards it, but fled in fear').
Therefore, Thetis was destined to wed a mortal, Perleus, king of the Myrmidons. Achilles was known for his exceptional battle with the Trojans.
"Those who unleashed the denizens of hell are among us, they did not come from outer space, they are known, and they know where their myrmidons retreat, while they prepare their next outrage on the populace."
The Myrmidons, ant-men (from [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] [murmex] "ant") mentioned in The Iliad and described in some detail by Ovid in the Metamorphoses, were a prolific warrior race patterned after ants from whom they allegedly descended by divine transformation.
Indeed, to the contrary, both he and his economic myrmidons have frequently spoken of their intention to pursue the allegedly noncompliant taxpayer to the very brink of that unhappy individual's endurance and sanity.
In Prince Edward County, Virginia, many interpreted the President's victory as a redemption of the Chesapeake's disgrace; one toast hailed that "[t]he Genius of Independence was entombed in the bloodstained Chesapeake; but this angel of 76 has rolled away the tombstone, and the fair goddess is arisen." (52) In Surry County, Virginia, the American victory seemed one in which the United States stifled British transgressions, for one toast proclaimed, "May he whenever occasion offers, teach the myrmidons of Britain to speak, when spoken to politely, otherwise chastise them." (53)