Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Citations for myrmidon
... you order me to do that; you order me to do everything; but the time's past when I obeyed you like a Myrmidon.
The reign of the emperor is ending, but Marsh refuses to comply and serve as a myrmidon.
Origin of myrmidon
Myrmidon (Greek Myrmidṓn) in Greek myth was the son of Zeus and Eurymedusa, whom Zeus seduced disguised as an ant. Her son was called Myrmidon (by an ancient, false etymology from mýrmēx, the ancient Greek word for “ant”) and was regarded as the ancestor of the Myrmidons, a tribe in Thessaly whose warriors followed Achilles to Troy. There is no hint of thuggery or blind obedience or sycophancy in the ancient sources, all of which are modern developments from the mid-17th century. Greek mýrmēx is related to the obsolete English noun mire “ant,” still present in pismire. The word entered English in the 15th century and referred to the Trojan War.