Hence The Name
Myrmidon is “Greek Mythology” however, There are Achilles statues all over the world. Achilles was the leader of The Myrmidons. Archeologists have found the city of “TROY”. “The battle of Troy” & “Helen of Troy” are what made Achilles & Myrmidons famous.
“The Myrmidons (or Myrmidones; Greek: Μυρμιδόνες) were a legendary tribe of ancient Greece. They were very brave and skilled warriors as described in Homer’s Iliad, and were commanded by Achilles. Their eponymous ancestor was Myrmidon, a king of Thessalian Phthia who was a son of Zeus and “wide-ruling” Eurymedousa, a princess of Phthia. She was seduced by him in the form of an ant. An etiological myth of their origins, simply expanding upon their supposed etymology — the name in Classical Greek was interpreted as “ant-people”, from μυρμηδών (murmedon) “ant’s nest” and that from μύρμηξ (murmex) “ant” – was first mentioned by Ovid, in Metamorphoses: in Ovid’s telling, King Aeacus of Aegina, father of Peleus, pleaded with Zeus to populate his country after a terrible plague. Zeus said his people would number as the ants on his sacred oak, and from the ants sprang the people of Aegina, the Myrmidons.
Interesting how the name Myrmidons was used in the way robot is used today. We still use Achilles heal today.
The Myrmidons of Greek myth were known for their loyalty to their leaders, so that in pre-industrial Europe the word “myrmidon” carried many of the same connotations that “robot” does today. Myrmidon later came to mean “hired ruffian” (according to the Oxford English Dictionary) or “a loyal follower, especially one who executes orders without question, protest, or pity, unquestioning followers.” (Dictionary.com).Myrmidons is also the title of the first of a trilogy of plays by Aeschylus, collectively known as Achilles. The other plays in the trilogy are Nereids and Phrygians. See Achilles (play) for more. According to Homer’s Iliad, the Myrmidons were the fiercest warriors in all of Greece.
We hear about these ant-men in Metamorphoses and in Homer’s Iliad, where they are Achilles’ warriors. Ovid gives the origin: Aeacus, father of Peleus and Telamon and grandfather of Ajax, comes to an uninhabited island and prays to Jove for a populace. He dreams that ants, “grain-bearers,” he saw on a tree magically transform into men. He awakens to his son Telamon bringing word that masses of people have inexplicably shown up, as Aeacus says, “greeting me as a ruler” (Ovid 172). He specifies “their customary talents” as “Industry, thrift, endurance; they are eager / For gain, and never easily relinquish / What they have won” (172). “Although Achilles comes from Thessaly, the ethnic title Myrmidons descends to his followers through his father, Peleus” (Powell 518); so we hear in passing about the Myrmidons as Achilles’ men in the Iliad. Unfortunately, they never appear sufficiently to characterize themselves as ant-like or not.But the mythological impulse to connect ants with warriors may be based on key ant features and behavior. From the outside in, ants first have armor in the form of exoskeletons, as do all arthropods (insects and crustaceans). You can see the derivation: “arthro-pod” = jointed foot (or limbs), needed because of the external armor. So, in contrast to us, insects have their skeletons on outside, muscles attached internally. Entomologist Carol Anelli (Washington State University), citing Edward O. Wilson (“the Harvard entomologist we all love to love because he is so famous and makes others of our ilk appear quasi-normal”) and his sidekick of many years, Bert Hölldobler, informs Orpheus that ants “make war, and use propaganda and surveillance.” The noted myrmecologists devote chapters to army ants as well as to “War and Foreign Policy” and “Conflict and Dominance.” So “army” consciousness is a valid, if perhaps anthropomorphic, phenomenon regarding ants. What do ants best represent in the cosmos? Anelli reports Wilson insisting that they “do it all” and dominate on a number of fronts. They are exceedingly diverse — predators, farmers, architects — and are highly social. “In our view, the competitive edge that led to the rise of the ants as a world-dominant group is their highly developed, self-sacrificial colonial existence. It would appear that socialism really works under some circumstances. Karl Marx just had the wrong species” (Hölldobler and Wilson 9). In terms of mass, all ants in the world weigh as much as all human beings, so Aeacus is vindicated for his prayer.