Achilles as the creator of modern adage

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Achilleus Aeonus as the creator of a contemporary adage. Honors English 9 Mrs. Porpora By Sarah Benton 1 June 2004
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The myth of Achilleus Aeonus tells of Thetis, a goddess who was ruthless enough to hold her children over a magical fire to melt away their mortality. The Nereid, however, neglected to burn off the mortality on a certain child’s ankle. This spot on Achilles’ body is also described in Homer’s Iliad as Achilles’ pride or possibly his love for the Trojan princess Polyxena. In Ovid’s metamorphosis, this weakness was described as an unknown spot on the body, and in a poem written by Roman writer Statius, it was said to be the heel by which Thetis supposedly held Achilles. The characters and feelings described throughout the stories of Achilles’ life are still used as a common adage. An oracle once predicted that a beautiful goddess of the sea would bear her husband a son who would become greater than his father. Peleus, the king of Thessaly and an Argonaut, was a young athlete who was a favorite of the Olympians. He was so well-liked that Zeus gave him a beautiful young Nereid, or goddess of the sea, Thetis, to be his bride. Thetis was unhappy being married to Peleus, though. Because of the prophecy, no god would marry her. Her children would be mere mortals unlike herself. Thetis and Peleus had many children, each of which Thetis held over the sacred fire, and
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