Parents: Peleus and Thetis
Offspring: Neoptolemus, son of Deidamia
Place of Death: Troy
Occupation: Legendary Hero
Achilles, the greatest and fastest hero on the Greek side during the Trojan War, is the subject of Homer's great epic poem about the Trojan War, the Iliad.
Achilles was the son of Thetis, a nymph, who had attracted the wandering eyes of Zeus and Poseidon, but then, the mischievous Titan Prometheus revealed a prophecy that made the gods lose interest. He told them that Thetis' son would be greater than his father. Neither Zeus nor Poseidon was willing to risk losing his position, so they turned their attentions elsewhere and gave Thetis up to a mortal.
Thetis married King Peleus, instead of the king of the gods or the ruler of the seas. Their union, not notoriously happy, produced the child Achilles.
As was true for the most famous of the ancient heroes from Greek myth and legend, the centaur Chiron raised Achilles.
During the course of the Trojan War, Achilles was injured, so his invulnerability wasn't total, but then, the immortal goddess Aphrodite was injured, too.
Note that there are other versions of the story, including a fire rite that closely resembles the story of Demeter and Triptolemus.
Achilles the Transvestite:
To keep Achilles from the carnage, Thetis sent him to Lycomedes' court dressed in women's garments. There he lived among young women, most of whom remained in ignorance about his gender.
Acting as an agent of King Agamemnon, Odysseus knew how to trick him out of hiding. He brought trinkets to sell the young women, but stuck in among them an item that would reveal a man of that time period: a sword. Odysseus had judged correctly. When Achilles saw the sword it was all over. To put it in our terms, he was drafted. Achilles led his men, known as the Myrmidons, to Troy.
Achilles and Briseis:
Achilles and his captive seem to have fallen in love, so that when the Mycenaean King Agamemnon demanded that Achilles give him Briseis, Achilles was furious and refused to fight for him any longer.
Achilles and Patroclus:
Achilles and Hector:
Death of Achilles: