- a person claiming descent from Hercules, especially one of the Dorian aristocracy of Sparta.
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Examples from the Web for heraclid
In short, wherever there were Heraclid, or Herculeans, an Hercules has been supposed.
Tisamenes and Penthilus, sons of Orestes, reigned after their father, and were at last driven out by the Heraclid.Ruins of Ancient Cities (Vol. II of II)
As the authority of the Hittite satraps at Sardis began to decay the Heraclid dynasty arose.
In gratitude for the services of their able leader, Oxylus, the kingdom of Elis, was conferred upon him by the Heraclid.Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome
The balance of power saved Sparta, when the two other Heraclid states fell into disorder.Laws
- any person claiming descent from Hercules, esp one of the Dorian aristocrats of Sparta
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