Battle, Combat (makhê)
THE MAKHAI (Machae) were the personified 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 numbered amongst the Makhai.
ERIS (no father) (Hesiod Theogony 226)
CLASSICAL LITERATURE QUOTES
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, Theogony - Greek Epic C8th - 7th B.C.
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