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The Junta is thought to have been inspired by the Myrmidon Club, a dining society named for the Myrmidons in Greek Mythology. This mythological tribe were descended from Myrmidon, a king and son of Zeus. They were fierce warriors, commanded by Achilles in the Iliad.



Max Beerbohm was the secretary of the Myrmidon Club. Formed in 1865, the dining club’s membership consisted of selected male undergraduates of Merton College. One of the club’s early members was Lord Randolph Churchill, who was a student at Merton College from 1867 to 1870.


The establishment of this sort of exclusive dining society became especially prevalent among the university’s students during the 1800s, and a few of these societies continue today.