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The Hysminai (Ancient Greek: ὑσμῖναι; singular: ὑσμίνη hysmine "battle, conflict, combat"[1]) are figures in Greek mythology. Descendants of Eris, they are personifications of battle.[2][3] Quintus Smyrnaeus[4] wrote of them in Book V of the Fall of Troy in a passage translated by Arthur Way:

Around them hovered the relentless Fates;
Beside them Battle incarnate onward pressed
Yelling, and from their limbs streamed blood and sweat.[5]

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  1. "ὑσμίνη": Lexicon entry in LSJ
  2. Hesiod, Theogony 226 ff
  3. Scull, Sarah Amelia (1880). Greek mythology systematized. Porter & Coates. p. 42. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  4. Quintus Smyrnaeus, Fall of Troy 5. 25 ff
  5. Quintus (Smyrnaeus) (1913). The fall of Troy. Translated, Arthur S. Way. W. Heinemann. p. 213. Retrieved 2 April 2010.