Danaans In Greek mythology and legend, name given to the subjects of King Danaus of Argos. The name was then applied to all Greeks. Homer never uses the word Greek in his writings but calls the people Achaeans, Argives, and Danaans. Sometimes Ovid and Vergil use Danai for Greeks.


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