Xanthus and Balius are the two immortal horses that
Poseidon gave to Peleus as a wedding present. The horses
were the offspring of Zephyrus, the west wind, (or Zeus)
and the Harpy Podarge. They served as chariot horses
for Achilles during the Trojan War. When he rebuked
them for permitting Patroclus to be killed, Xanthos
reproved Achilles by saying that a god had slain Patroclus
and that a god would soon kill him too. After thus prophesying,
the horse was struck dumb by the Erinyes.
The son of Hellen and mythical ancestor of the Achaeans
and Ionians. The Achaeans were a people of an ancient
region in the northern Peloponnisos, Greece. The region
where they lived was known as Achaea.