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Achilles

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Jessica Meidl

on 27 April 2010

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Transcript of Achilles

Achilles A great hero of Greece Achilles was the son of Peleus, and Thetis, the nymph. People believed Achilles
to be immortal, because his
mother dipped him into the River Styx. Everything the waters of Styx touched was
sacred and made Achilles
indestructible. Because his mother forgot
to dip in his ankle, it was
Achilles' only weak spot and
only area he was capable of
sustaining a mortal wound. The Achilles tendon was named after him because the area of his weak spot. When the war
against Troy began
Achilles sat out of the
fighting, because his mother
knew it was fate for him to die
in Troy. He disguised as a woman
and he tried to blend in
amongst them but, Odysseus
placed a cart of arms and
armor next to a cart of
perfumes. All of the women,
besides Achilles, went to the
carts of perfumes, but
Achilles (disguised as a girl)
began to look at the armor.
His gender was then revealed. Achilles then came to Troy and lead a fleet of fifty ships. He conquered twelve cities by
sea and eleven on land. Later, Agamemnon stole
the captive princess, Briseis,
for his brother. This angered
Achilles very much, so he
withdrew from the war. He has his cousin, his very
close friend, fight for him,
but then Hector of Troy kills
him. In revenge Achilles goes
to kill Hector and succeeds.
He drags the body around
behind his chariot for nine days. Hector's father, King Priam,
asked Achilles to give his
son back and Achilles agreed.
Achilles contiues to fight for Troy Achilles is killed in his only weak
spot by Hectors brother, Paris.
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