The Great Hero of the Trojan War
Achilles' father was Peleus, the mortal king of the Myrmidons. His mother was Thetis, a nereid (or a sea nymph). But, Thetis left Peleus soon after the birth of Achilles. His cousin and "inseparable companion" (Greene, 2013) was Patroclus. Also, he was the husband of Briseis and the father of Neoptolemus.
This is what Achilles was thought to have looked like.
Achilles at War
This is when Achilles dragged the body of Hector on the back of his cart, after killing him by stabbing him in the throat.
Achilles' Sword and Shield
This is what Achilles' sword and shield were thought to have looked like.
Achilles at War
When he was 9 years old, a seer predicted that Achilles would die heroically in battle against the Trojans. When Thetis heard about this, she disguised him as a girl and sent him to live on the Aegean island of Skyros. While he was there, Chiron (the gentle and wise Centaur) taught him the arts of riding and hunting, as well as of music and healing. Later, he left Skyros and joined the Greek army. "But before he went to battle, Thetis asked the divine blacksmith Hephaestus to make a sword and shield that would keep him safe," (Greene, 2013).
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