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  • noun Greek & Roman Mythology The faithful companion of Aeneas in Virgil's Aeneid.
  • noun A loyal friend.


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  • The Jesuit John Rho answered him in his "Achates" (Lyons, 1644).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • "Achates," explained Fandor, "is an individual belonging to antiquity who became famous in his faithful friendship for his companion and friend, the well-known globe-trotter, Æneas."

    A Royal Prisoner

  • More boldly still, a pamphlet appeared in Charleston, under the signature of "Achates," arguing with remarkable sagacity and force against the whole system of slave-labor _in towns_; and proposing that all slaves in Charleston should be sold or transferred to the plantations, and their places supplied by white labor.

    Black Rebellion Five Slave Revolts

  • Achates: I really sympathize with your anger, but at the same time I think Neo and others have expressed sympathy for your situation.

    “Give me liberty or give me social justice” revisited

  • THE next morning saw Bucklaw and his faithful Achates, Craigengelt, at

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • “Friend!” replied Craigengelt, “my cock of the pit! why, I am thy very Achates, man, as I have heard scholars say — hand and glove — bark and tree — thine to life and death!”

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • Italy has always preserved its name, notwithstanding the pretended establishment of Æneas, which should have left some traces of the language, characters, and manners of Phrygia, if he ever came with Achates and so many others, into the province of

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Cousin german to sorrow, is fear, or rather a sister, fidus Achates, and continual companion, an assistant and a principal agent in procuring of this mischief; a cause and symptom as the other.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Æneas, his strong Cloanthus, his friendly Achates, his boy


  • Achates, and the tender Nisus, were all genuine friends and great heroes; but, alas, existent only in fable:

    A Philosophical Dictionary


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