Xanthos

[reddish yellow]. Achilles' wonderful horse. Being chid by his master for leaving Patroclos on the field of battle, the horse turned his head reproachfully, and told Achilles that he also would soon be numbered with the dead, not from any fault of his horse, but by the decree of inexorable destiny. (Iliad, xix.) (Compare Numbers xxii. 28-30.)

Xanthos and Balios (swift as the wind) were the offspring of Podarge the harpy and Zephyros. (See Horse.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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