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					Achilles, the greatest and fastest hero on the Greek side during the Trojan War, is the subject of Homer's great epic
poem, theIliad. Achilles dies before the enemy's city of Troy is taken, but not before defeating the greatest hero of the
Trojans.


Achilles was the son of Thetis, a nymph, who had attracted the attention of Zeus and Poseidon. When Prometheus
revealed a prophecy that Thetis' son would be greater than his father, the gods lost interest. Thetis married the mortal
Peleus, instead. The centaur Chiron raised Achilles.



Achilles' Heel:


In an effort to make her son immortal, as told by Statius, Achilles' mother, Thetis, held her son by the ankle while
dipping him into the River Styx. This made Achilles invulnerable except where her fingers gripped him. Since his
vulnerable spot was his heel, the term Achilles' heel is used for someone's weak spot.


Achilles was injured, so his invulnerability wasn't total, but then, the immortal goddess Aphrodite was injured, too.


Achilles the Transvestite:


Achilles was obliged to join the Achaean forces when Agamemnon summoned them to fight for Helen at Troy. To keep
him from the fighting, Thetis sent him to Lycomedes' court dressed in women's garments. There he lived among young
women, most of whom remained in ignorance about his gender. Odysseus knew how to trick him out of hiding, though.
He brought trinkets to sell the young women, and among them was a sword. When Achilles saw the sword it was all
over.


Achilles led his men, known as the Myrmidons, to Troy.



Who Was the Son of Achilles?
The question was asked whether or not Achilles had any children. After all, he is not portrayed as married, and his love
of Patroclus has led to speculation that Achilles was gay, although his outrage over the taking of his war prize, Briseis,
by Agamemnon shows that Achilles certainly had an interest in women regardless of what his relationship was with
Patroclus.
Answer: When Achilles was sent by his mother Thetis to live as a transvestite, among the women at the court of King
Lycomedes of Skyros, the king's daughter Deidamia discovered Achilles' true gender and became impregnated by him.
The child of Deidamia and Achilles was Neoptolemus who fought at Troy after his father, Achilles, was killed. So,
Neoptolemus is the name of Achilles' son.

				
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