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    Son of Peleus and Thetis
    Father of Neoptelomus by Deidameia (a Skyrian princess)
    Namesake for the Achilles heel (principal weakness) and the Achilles tendon (tendo calcaneus, or heel bone)
    Killed by a poisoned arrow in his heel from either Paris or Apollo
    Portrayed by Brad Pitt in ‘Troy (2004)’
    His rage and vanity were central themes of Homer’s Iliad.
    He was given two potential fates: a long and peaceful but dull life or a glorious but short life.
    On Thetis’ order, he disguised himself as a woman — which Odysseus eventually found out.
    While in Mysia, he gave King Telephus a supposedly incurable wound.
    He killed Cycnus of Colonae with a hit to the one mortal spot on his body: the head (oh, the irony).
    When his friend Patroclus, wearing his armor, was killed in battle by Hector, he took revenge by killing Hector himself.
    His death led to a bitter battle between fellow warriors Ajax and Odysseus.
    He was depicted in Shakespeare’s ‘Trollius and Cressida’ as a lazybones.
    At birth, he was actually named Ligyron.
    His name is a combination of the Greek ‘akhos’ (grief) and ‘Laos’ (a people).
    One legend states that, following a prophecy of his death, his mother, the goddess Thetis, dipped him by the heel into the River Styx.
    Another legend states that Thetis anointed him in ambrosia. When actually found to be over a fire, Peleus interjected and thus left the son’s heels vulnerable.
    When his ruse was revealed by Odysseus, he was forced into service against Troy.
    He was filled with extreme remorse and rage for allowing Patroclus to fight and die in his place.
    Mere seconds before his death, he managed to bring down one last Trojan with his spear.
    His armor was passed on by Odysseus to his son.
    The medical community decided to maintain the Achilles reference for what came to be called the calcaneal tendon.
    According to Roger Ebert, ‘he was a man who believed his own press releases.’

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