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Larchmont Chronicle

January 2018

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Ant-inspired soldiers, Myrmidons, guarded a young Achilles

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and they naturally followed the great warrior to the siege of Troy. As depicted in the film, they were noted for their fierceness, diligence and devotion to their leader. Hence their name is also applied to any servant or underling who carries out his orders remorselessly. • • • Why is someone who is effeminate, “effete”? queries Paula Sensibaugh. Actually that is only one

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I just watched the movie “Troy” when channel surfing. Achilles (Brad Pitt) commands a crack group of fighters, whose name I didn’t catch. Who were they? asks Peter Grass. They were the Myrmidons — literally the ant people — from the Greek word for ant, myrmix. They gained this name from the legend that when the country of Aegina was depopulated by a plague, its king, Aeacus, prayed to Zeus that the ants running out of a nearby oak tree should be turned into men. The Myrmidons eventually emigrated to Thessaly with the banished Peleus, the son of Aeacus and father of Achilles. Achilles grew up with the Myrmidons as his bodyguards

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