Achilles, the warrior, is one of Greek mythology's greatest heroes. Achilles was said to be incredibly strong, valiant, and loyal, but he had one flaw-his "Achilles heel." Homer's epic poem The Iliad recounts his exploits during the final year of the Trojan War. For whatever reason, the gods decided to put a mortal man on equal footing with them; they chose Achilles, who was revered for his courage.
After receiving a divine gift of speed from the goddess Hera, Achilles raced against time to reach Troy before the city was destroyed by Venus and Mars. When he arrived at last, fighting was already being waged around him, but he rushed into the fray anyway, killing many Trojan soldiers and helping Greece win the war.
After the war was over, Agamemnon, king of Mycenae, offered Achilles a prize of gold and silver for every living Trojan killed during the battle. Since the number of deaths on both sides was so great, no one could verify how many prizes were awarded, but some say that after his death his mother Thetis received a total of 100 ships in payment for her loss. No other Greek hero suffered such an unfair fate as Achilles'-the people didn't want to fight him because they weren't willing to risk their lives. However, all those who did fight him were victorious because there were too many of them to oppose.
It is there that we learn about his greatest battle and how he died.
His enemy, the Greek leader Agamemnon, tricked him into believing that his wife had been taken from him through abduction. When told that she had actually left with another man, Achilles killed himself by stabbing himself in the heel. His death ended the fighting between the Greeks and Trojans.
In actuality, his mother, Thetis, secretly brought him back to life each time he fell in battle. But because she had no children of her own, Achilles remained childless until his death. After his death, Thetis transformed herself into a sea goddess and carried him on her shoulders across the ocean to Lesbos, where he was raised by Phoenix and Peleus. They named him Achilles after their island home. He grew up to be very handsome and brave, but he was also temperamental and forgiving.
According to myth, Achilles received two gifts from the gods: immortality and victory. Because he would die young, however, he could not enjoy the first gift. Instead, he used the second gift to win great battles for his country.
Achilles is one of the most famous fighters in history, and he was the most skilled warrior during the Trojan War, which is depicted in Homer's Iliad and Wolfgang Peterson's Troy. Achilles was the son of a nymph, Thetis, and a Greek hero/king, Peleus, according to Greek mythology. He had two friends, both of whom were also heroes during the war - Patroclus, who was his lover, and Hector, who was his friend. When the war began, Achilles was living in Phthia, a town in northern Greece, but when the fighting started, he went to Troy to fight for its king, Agamemnon. During the battle, Apollo took on the form of Achilles' priest, or "oracle", at Lycia in Asia Minor. There are many stories about how Achilles acquired his armor; but in any case, it was made by Zeus himself. The armor that Achilles wore was called "aegis-driven" because the aegis, which was like an eagle's wing, was attached to his back as he fought from dawn to dusk every day during the siege of Troy.
In some versions of the story, Achilles is portrayed as a young man who is angry with Agamemnon for choosing another fighter, Troilus, as a replacement for him. But others say that he went to Troy to fight alongside the Greeks against the Turks and that his anger is only directed toward Paris, who insulted Helen by refusing to fight him one-on-one.
In Greek mythology, Achilles (/@'kIli:z/@-KIL-eez) or Achilleus (Ancient Greek: Akhilleus, [a.khil'leus]) was a hero of the Trojan War and the principal figure of Homer's Iliad. He was the son of Phthia's monarch, Peleus, and the Nereid Thetis. When Achilles was born, his mother placed him in a cave on Mount Pelion to protect him from the wrath of Hera, who was angry with her for marrying a human. As an infant, he was taken out of the cave by Peleus. When Achilles reached manhood, he became one of the most powerful warriors in all Greece. After killing Hector, who had been sent by Troy to fight him, he refused to fight any more battles until after burying his friend Hector. However, after being persuaded to continue fighting by his friend Patroclus, Achilles finally did battle with Ajax, who was also refusing to fight unless Hector took part in the battle. In the end, both men were killed during the ten-year war between Troy and Greece.
Achilles was first introduced to us in the Iliad, which was written down sometime after the events it describes. The Iliad is considered one of the foundational texts of ancient Greek literature. It is based on actual events that took place over a decade ago, when Troy was still inhabited by people living their daily lives just like you and me.