Achilles (also Akhilleus or Achilleus; Ancient Greek: Ἀχιλλεύς) was a hero in Greek mythology. He was an important person in the Trojan War, and in Homer's Iliad. Achilles was the son of Peleus and the nereid Thetis. He had a son named Neoptolemus with Deidamea. His male lover was said to be Patroclus.
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Achilles could not be hurt. In some versions of the myths, Thetis, his mother, dipped him into the river Styx, holding the baby by his left heel. Because of that, his heel was still vulnerable. However, the Iliad does not say this.
In the Trojan War, Achilles was the best Greek warrior-hero. He killed Hector, but was killed by Paris, who shot his heel with a poisoned arrow. He was very angry. He cursed at Paris but Paris fled. Achilles was alive over 2000 years ago. Achilles was born to defeat the Trojans. Achilles was shot many times by Paris' arrow but the only arrow found on his body was on his heel.
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