The Wrath of Achilles

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Achilles, a figure of Greek mythology and literature, is also the hero of the Trojan War. Supreme Achilles, leader of the terrifying Myrmidons, plunderer of cities, and murderer of Hector, was virtually invincible in battle. The most powerful Greek warrior, Achilles' long reign only ended as a result of the divine intervention of Apollo.

Achilles, the bravest, strongest and even the most handsome of the Greek army of heroes who went to Troy to get Helen back, was also too proud and mean for his own benefit. In fact, his reckless anger would cost both his compatriots and the enemy dearly.

 In Greek mythology, Achilles is a hero born of Peleus and the Nereid Thetis. His mother held him in a sacred fire or, according to rumors, above the River Styx, to make her son immortal and inviolable. However, this part of the baby's body, hanging from its heel, remained a mortal piece of flesh, and eventually this weakness would lead to the downfall of Achilles.

Knowing that her son had a glorious but short life, Thetis tried to hide Achilles from the world, so Achilles, according to some rumors, disguised as a girl and was brought up in Skyros with the Lykomedes royal family. Some rumors owe the hero's education to the wise centaur Chiron, who also trained Hercules.

 Wrath of Achilles

When Achilles learned of the tragedy, he was enraged; Now he would fight and avenge his friend's death in a terrible way. He immediately asked his mother Thetis to procure new armor, and he enlisted Hephaestus, the god of metallurgy, to forge the most magnificent armor ever made for the hero Achilles. Homer describes armor in great detail; The shimmering shield depicts all manner of decorations in gold, silver, and enamel, the knee pads were of shiny tin, and the helmet had a golden coat of arms.


Armed with his holy armor and still red with rage, the warrior Achilles stepped onto the battlefield once more and sent a huge line of Trojan soldiers to Hades, swaying the enemy left and right. He then pursued Hector, and although Apollo three times tried to protect the prince in clouds of mist, the two eventually met in single combat outside the walls of Troy.

Although Hector himself was a great warrior, he was no match for Achilles, who promptly sent him to Troy and strapped him to his chariot, dragging his body in front of the city walls in front of his grieving family in front of his bereaved family, and then returning to Achean, an act that violated all the war ethics of ancient wars.

Achilles riding his chariot over the body of the slain Hector. (Antonio Raffaele Calliano /  CC BY-SA 4.0 )

King Priam of Troy secretly went to his enemy's camp to beg Achilles to return his son's body so that he could arrange a proper burial.

Despite these dramatic events, the war continued and Achilles continued to lead the process, even killing Memnon, the Ethiopian King and Priam's nephew. However, the end was near for the great warrior. Just as his mother had feared, our hero would be killed in his prime, despite gaining glory and fame. Once again, it was Apollo directing an arrow unleashed by the Trojan prince Paris, who meddled in people's affairs and started the war by kidnapping the beautiful Helen.

Of course, the arrow hit the only vulnerable place, the heel, and so Achilles was sent to Hades. The heroic Ajax was able to recover the body and took it back to the Achaean camp, where funerals were held in honor of the deceased warrior. The magnificent armor was given to Odysseus, who, after a quarrel with Ajax, would end the siege and victory of the Greeks as a result of a wooden horse conspiracy.

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