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The story of Achilles

Achilles was a legendary hero of ancient Greece in the war between the Greeks and Trojans. Although brave and fearless, Achilles refused to fight a battle against the Trojans after quarreling with Agamemnon, the Greek commander. The Trojans won, and Achilles sent Patroclus to fight them. When Patroclus was killed, Achilles rushed into the battle and killed the Trojan leader Hector.

Achilles - the story of Achilles facts

The story of Achilles - facts and information

This picture of Achilles comes from a Greek vase in the Vatican. He was one of the most famous heroes of the Trojan War, and killed Hector, his Trojan rival

Achilles was supposed to be the son of Peleus and Thetis. His mother Thetis, wishing to make Achilles invulnerable (impossible to wound), dipped him into the River Styx. Every part of him became invulnerable except for the heel which Thetis had held him by. Achilles died from a wound in this heel caused by an arrow shot by Paris. From this, we still use the phrase Achilles' heel to refer to the weak point in a person's character or a nation's strength. The story of Achilles originated in or before the 900's B.C., when Homer's Odyssey and Iliad were written.

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