Achilles, son of King Peleus of Myrmidons and Nereid Thetis, was the central but also the bravest hero of Homer’s Iliad.
After his birth, Thetis tried to make Achilles immortal, by diving him in the waters of river Styx, holding him from the heel. So he made him invulnerable and immortal except for one point, the so-called “Achilles heel”. Thetis, knowing his vulnerability, tried to prevent him from joining the Trojan War, in fear of it would be the end of the hero.
Achilles, however, was persuaded by Odysseus, his friend Patroclus and his teacher Phoenix, who knew that without his participation they would not defeat the war, and he left to Troy, as the commander of 50 ships with Myrmidons. Achilles‘ presence on the battlefield was catalytic, caused countless losses to the rival camp and he became the fear and terror of the Trojans. But, as his mother was afraid of, his death was not far away, when Paris’s arrow found the hero in his only vulnerable point, his heel.
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