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Achilles was a Greek warrior who was most famous for participating in the Trojan War, a conflict traditionally dated around 1200 BCE. A central character of the Iliad, an epic poem by Homer, he is the greatest warrior in the story.

Biography

Mythology

Legend has it that he was invulnerable throughout his entire body except for one of his heels because when his mother, the Nereid Thetis, dipped him into the river Styx as an infant so that he may become invincible, she held him by one of his heels. As a consequence, he was ultimately slain by Paris when the Trojan prince fired an arrow into his vulnerable heel.[1]

Another attempt to save Achilles from his foretold fate was to hide him as a child in the court of King Lykomedes of Skyros, Greece, disguised as one of his daughters.[2]

One of Achilles' closest friends was the Lokrian Patroklos, who was said to have been slain during the Trojan War, and later appeared as a ghost to Achilles.[2]

Simulation

Achilles was one of the four champions Hades tasked the Spartan misthios Kassandra to replace Cerberos as a guardian of the Underworld.[3]

Legacy

By the time of the Peloponnesian War, the northern region of the island of Skyros had been named after Achilles and the city hosted a temple dedicated to him on its fortified acropolis. It was also the base of the bandit group known as the Dagger which worshipped him.[2]

According to Barnabas, the captain of Adrestia, Achilles' tomb was located on the island of Andros.[4]

In 48 BCE, a hunter bow named the Achilles Heel Seeker found in Egypt was marketed as based on the design of Paris's bow.[1]

In 2012, the Assassin Clay Kaczmarek included Achilles in one of the glyph puzzles inside the Animus for his successor, Desmond Miles, to find. In the particular puzzle, Achilles was excluded as one of the historical individuals who once held a Staff of Eden.[5]

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