Definition of Achaean in English:

Achaean

Syllabification: A·chae·an
Pronunciation: /əˈkēən
 
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adjective

1Of or relating to Achaea in ancient Greece.
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  • In 224 Antigonus marched south, organized his allies into a Hellenic League under Macedonian presidency, restored Achaean influence in Arcadia and in 222 invaded Laconia.
  • Argos was an Achaean city in the Peloponnesus.
  • The Achaean soldiers always sacrificed to Zeus.
1.1 literary (Especially in Homeric contexts) Greek.
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  • He kills almost a dozen Greek captains and the Achaean line begins to flee.
  • Apparently particularly prominent in this respect is the North Aegean region, the home of Maron and Euneos's special gift-worthy wines and of the Thracian wine brought daily to Troy for the Achaean army.
  • The entire Achaean army is kept well supplied at Troy; Eumaios has plenty of wine in his humble hut; and even plowmen drink wine to refresh themselves in the course of their work.

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1An inhabitant of Achaea.
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  • In Thessaly, the original revolt of the slaves occurred because the Thessalians were still at war with the neighbouring Achaeans and Magnesians.
  • Philopoemen, the ancient leader of the Achaeans, is the embodiment of a prince who is constantly engaged in military affairs.
  • The island's Greek heritage dates back to the Achaeans from southern Greece, who settled there between 2000 and 1600 BC.
1.1 literary (Especially in Homeric contexts) a Greek.
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  • In terms of simple military success, Achilles is 'the best of the Achaeans', or Greeks, but he takes the heroic code of honour to extremes.
  • Chryses approached the Achaeans ' fast ships to win his daughter back, bringing a priceless ransom.
  • Sing, O goddess, the anger of Achilles son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans.

The Achaeans were among the earliest Greek-speaking inhabitants of Greece, being established there well before the 12th century bc. Some scholars identify them with the Mycenaeans of the 14th-13th centuries bc. The Greek protagonists in the Trojan War are regularly called Achaeans in the Iliad, though this may have referred only to the leaders

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