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7 Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Achilles

Son of the mortal Peleus, king of the Myrmidons, and the sea nymph, Thetis. Achilles according to history was an extraordinarily strong, courageous and loyal warrior of the army of Agamemnon in the Trojan War although he had one vulnerability — his Heel.

As we delve into the 7 most asked questions on this Greek god, let’s see how much we can know about him through these questions…

Who killed Achilles? — According to history, Achilles is killed by an arrow, shot by the Trojan prince Paris. In most versions of the story, the god Apollo is said to have guided the arrow into his vulnerable spot, his heel.

Why is it called Achilles heel? — The term Achilles heel references a vulnerability or weakness. It is rooted in the myth of Achilles’ mother dipping him in the River Styx, making his entire body invulnerable except for the part of his foot where she held him — the proverbial Achilles heel.

Which Greek god managed to kill Achilles? — sources mentioned that he was killed near the end of the Trojan War by Paris, who shot him in the heel with an arrow. Apollo who was also a patron to Troy, seeing Achilles in his rage, had to do something to protect his beloved city. Apollo, the god of archery used Paris to ensure the death of Achilles.

What made Achilles famous? — What is Achilles known for? Achilles was one of the greatest warriors and heroes in Greek Mythology. He was a major character in the Iliad by Homer where he fought in the Trojan War against the city of Troy.

Why did Achilles cry? — Achilles cried out for vengeance and his mother, the nymph Thetis rose from the sea to comfort him. In the Iliad Achilles sympathizes with Priam and they cry together, each for his own reasons: Priam for Hector, his other sons, and his city; Achilles for Patroclus and his father, whom he knows will never meet again because he’s destined to die in Troy

Is Achilles immortal? — Achilles became invulnerable everywhere but at his heel where his mother held him. Because Achilles was a half-god, he was very strong and soon became a great warrior. However, he was also half human and wasn’t immortal like his mother. He would get old and die someday and he could also be killed.

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What age did Achilles die? — He is calculated to have been 28 to 35 when he was killed by the Hydra Arrows by Philoctetes, who then had to shoot them for his aged father.

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