(3 syl.). The patronymic name of Hippodamia, daughter of
Briseus (2 syl.). A concubine of Achilles, to whom he was greatly
attached. When Agamemnon was compelled to give up his own concubine,
who was the daughter of a priest of Apollo, he took Briseis away from
Achilles. This so annoyed the hero that he refused any longer to go to
battle, and the Greeks lost ground daily. Ultimately, Achilles sent his
friend Patroclos to supply his place. Patroclos was slain, and
Achilles, towering with rage, rushed to battle, slew Hector, and Troy
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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