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MAKHAI
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Μαχη
Μαχαι
Makhê
Makhai
Mache
Machae
Battles, Combats
(makhê)

THE MAKHAI (or Machae) were the gods or spirits (daimones) of battle and combat. The spirits Homados (Battle-Noise), Alala (War-Cry), Proioxis (Onrush), Palioxis (Backrush), Ioke (Onslaught), Alke (Battle-Strength) and Kydoimos (Confusion) were probably all numbered among the Makhai.

PARENTS

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)."


Sources:

  • Hesiod, Theogony - Greek Epic C8th-7th B.C.