THE ANDROKTASIAI (or Androctasiae) were the female spirits (daimones) of battlefield slaughter. They were similar to the Keres and were companions of the other battle-haunting daimones such as Eris and the Makhai.
ERIS (no father) (Hesiod Theogony 226)
Hesiod, Theogony 226 ff (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C8th or C7th B.C.) :
"But abhorred Eris (Strife) bare painful Ponos (Toil), and Lethe (Forgetfulness), and Limos (Starvation), and the Algea (Pains), full of weeping, the Hysminai (Fightings) and the Makhai (Battles), the Phonoi (Murders) and the Androktasiai (Manslaughters), the Neikea (Quarrels), the Pseudo-Logoi (Lies), the Amphilogiai (Disputes), and Dysnomia (Lawlessness) and Ate (Ruin), who share one another's natures, and Horkos (Oath)."
Hesiod, Shield of Heracles 139 ff (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C8th or C7th B.C.) :
"In his hands he [Herakles] took his shield, all glittering: no
one ever broke it with a blow or crushed it. And a wonder it was
to see . . . In the centre was Phobos (Fear)
worked in adamant, unspeakable, staring backwards with eyes that
glowed with fire. His mouth was full of teeth in a white row,
fearful and daunting, and upon his grim brow hovered frightful Eris (Battle-Strife) who arrays the throng of men: pitiless she, for she took
away the mind and senses of poor wretches who made war against
the son of Zeus . . . Upon the shield Proioxis (Pursuit) and Palioxis (Flight) were wrought,
and Homados (Tumult), and Phobos (Panic), and Androktasia (Slaughter). Eris (Battle-Strife) also, and Kydoimos (Confusion)
were hurrying about, and deadly Ker (Fate) was there holding one man
- Hesiod, Theogony - Greek Epic C8th-7th B.C.
- Hesiod, Shield of Herakles - Greek Epic C8th-7th B.C.