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(Greek Mortal) ACADEMUS

Also known as AKADEMOS, HECADEMUS

Famous Greek hero who had a sacred area to the North West of Athens named after him.

Academus was famous for giving away the top secret whereabouts of Helen to her brothers, Castor and Polydeuces, after Paris had clamed her as his prize. Pointing them in the direction of Aphidnae put him in Tyndareus's goodbooks, so much so that when ancient Spartan looters were doing their thing they didn't lay a finger on Academus's land.

For this reason his plot at Cephissus was thought sacred, adorned with olive groves and flowers, and became a favourite hotspot for a certain Plato. Apparently the guaranteed tranquility, even whilst lands around it were being pillaged and burned, worked wonders for the concentration and it was named Academia in honor of Academus.

After Plato's death in 843ad students continued to flock to his 'school' and became known as Academics. Such a creative name was bound to catch on.
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'ACADEMUS' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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