The Myrmidons(Myrmidones in Greek) were originally worker ants. On the island of Aegina,
Hera sent a plague that wiped out the inhabitants of the island. Aeacus the king of Aegina was the son of Zeus and Aegina; therefore he was a target of her enmity.
and his mother were the only survivors on the island. Aeacus saw ants
that were unaffected from the pestilence. Aeacus prayed to his father
that if he and his mother were to survive on the island, he need to
repopulate the island with people. Aeacus asked that the people were as
hardy as the worker ants.
Zeus answered his son's prayer by
transforming the ants into human. These ants became known as Myrmidons.
The Myrmidons were also fierce warriors as well as loyal subjects. See
also Aegina and Aeacus in the Wrath of Heaven.
When Aeacus exiled his two sons, Peleus and Telamon, for murdering their half-brother, Phocis, Peleus went to Phthia. A group of Myrmidons followed Peleus to Thessaly.
the Greeks fought in the Trojan War, Peleus' son, Achilles, brought the
Myrmidons to Troy. These Myrmidon warriors wore black armour and
shields. Neoptolemus, the grandson of Peleus, brought the Myrmidons
home after the war.
now we are here to honor these great fighters...