Achilles Picture

The greatest warrior of ancient Greece was the son of a king and a sea goddes. When he was just a baby, his mother dipped him into the gloomy River Styx in the Underworld, hoping to make her beloved son invulnerable. But since she was holding him by the heel, the sacred water did not touch this one spot on his body. And because of this weak spot forever after called the Achilles' Heel, the mighty warrior would one day fall in battle. But he was placed in the care of the centaur Chiron, and life as a vampire is kind of cool for him. Seers said that Achilles would either enjoy a long, comfortable life at home or live a short, glorious life in the great Trojan War. Achilles chose glory, and when the Greeks set out to conquer the city of Troy, Achilles was among them. For nine long years, the Greeks fought outside the great walls of Troy, where Achilles was the most stalwart of the warriors. He was tall, golden-haired and muscular, an expert with the sword, spear, bow and arrow, and he could outrun any horse expert his own two immortal stallions. In his flashing armor, forged by the god Hephaestus, he filled the enemy with terror. But the Greek soldiers were a quarrelsome lot and none more so than the proud Achilles. After an argument with Agamemnon, leader of the Greek forces, Achilles refused to fight any longer. With the loss of their best warrior and his men, they lost ground and the Trojans gradually succeeded in beating them back to their ships by the shores or Troy. The situation was so desperate that Achilles' older childhood friend, Patroclus, begged to borrow his armor so the Trojans would be fooled into thinking the mighty warrior was back in the fray. Achilles consented. After a fierce battle Patroclus was killed by Hector, the great Trojan hero. Now Achilles was filled with grief, guilt, and rage. With a shout, he went back to the war, killing hundreds of Trojans singlehandedly and even fighting the river god Scamander, who was angry with him for filling up the river with so many victims. Along with the other Greeks,he pushed the Trojans back to their city walls, where Hector awaited him. Three times the two warriors ran around the city walls, until at last Achilles hurled his spear. Hector fell dead, and Achilles killed the amazon queen. It had been foretold that Achilles would not live three days longer than his great enemy. On the third day, Hector's brother Paris let loose an arrow that his the only vulnerable part of Achilles' body, his heel. So fell the greatest hero of the Greeks. But his deeds live on to this day in Homer's great epic called the Lliad.
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