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Achilles is a greek hero In this essay i will explain his story When Achilles was a boy the seer Calchas prophesied that the city of Troy could not be taken without his help Thetis knew that if her son went to Troy he would die an early death so she sent him to the court of Lycomedes in Scyros there he was hidden disguised as a young girl During his stay he had an affair with Lycomedes daughter Deidameia and she had a son Pyrrhus or Neoptolemus by him Achilles disguise was finally penetrated by Odysseus who placed arms and armor amidst a display of womens finery and seized upon Achilles when he was the only maiden to be fascinated by the swords and shields Achilles then went willingly with Odysseus to Troy leading a host of his fathers Myrmidons and accompanied by his tutor Phoenix and his close friend Patroclus At Troy Achilles distinguished himself as an undefeatable warrior Among his other exploits he captured twenty-three towns in Trojan territory including the town of Lyrnessos where he took the woman Briseis as a war-prize Later on Agamemnon the leader of the Greeks was forced by an oracle of Apollo to give up his own war-prize the woman Chryseis and took Briseis away from Achilles as compensation for his loss This action sparked the central plot of the Iliad for Achilles became enraged and refused to fight for the Greeks any further The war went badly and the Greeks offered handsome reparations to their greatest warrior Achilles still refused to fight in person but he agreed to allow his friend Patroclus to fight in his place wearing his armor The next day Patroclus was killed and stripped of the armor by the Trojan hero Hector who mistook him for Achilles Achilles was overwhelmed with grief for his friend and rage at Hector His mother obtained magnificent new armor for him from Hephaestus
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