Achilles

Created by Drew Howard

Who was Achilles?

Achilles was one of the most important warriors in Greek mythology. Achilles father was Peleus and his mother was a nymph Thetis. Achilles was part human and part supernatural. He could run and catch deer at the age of 6. He was a master with hand to hand combat. He was great with weapons, mostly with a spear and shield. His body was immortal to weapons, accept in his achilles heel. The reason he was named Achilles was because of the one vulnerable spot, which was his achilles. The reason it was his one vulnerable spot is because when his mother dipped him in the Styx River it made his whole body immortal, accept when she was holding his, which was his achilles heel.

Importance of Achilles at Trojan War

Achilles was one of the best warriors at the Trojan War. He was destined to be the greatest hero at the Trojan War, but was also supposed to die there. His mother knew that he was going to die and didn't want him to go, but he did anyways. Achilles was killed by Apollo who guided Paris' hand and then he got shot in the achilles heel by a poisoned arrow from Apollo. There was great reward for Achilles body when he died. There was even a war of his body. This war ended by Zeus who created a thunderstorm and burned Achilles body into ashes.
This video was of Achilles fighting against Hector. As Hector had said at the start of the video, he said that whom ever wins will get a proper burial. Achilles does not agree to this statement, because the day before the fight, Hector had killed one of Achilles best friends. So, at the end of the video it shows Achilles dragging Hector around by his chariot. Achilles drags him around the city of Troy for nine days.
Achilles Vs. Hector - TROY (2004)

Citations

Database

"Achilles." UXL Encyclopedia of World Mythology. Vol. 1. Detroit: UXL, 2009. 1-4. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 9 Nov. 2014.

Print Source

Mcleish, Kenneth. Achilles. N.P.: Bloomsbury, n.d. Print.

Websites

History Channel. History Channel, n.d. Web. 5 Nov. 2014.

<http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/achilles>.

Greek Gods. GreekGods.org, 2013. Web. 7 Nov. 2014. <http://www.greek-gods.org/

greek-heroes/achilles.php>.