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Ransomed (RAN-sumd)—Asked for money in exchange for releasing a prisoner. suitors (SOO-turs)—Traditionally, men who are interested in marrying a woman. tendon (TEN-den)—A tough, ﬁbrous tissue that connects a muscle to a bone. trinket (TRING-ket)—A small ornament or piece of jewelry, usually of little value. indd 48 9/18/08 9:38:03 AM ACHILLES The ancient Greeks worshiped a complex group of deities, weaving their characters into timeless tales of love, heroism, and intrigue. Plays, poems, paintings, and sculptures commemorating these tales have survived for centuries.
Achilles chased the soldiers into Troy, where an arrow pierced his ankle, and he died. A Time of Death The death of Achilles was a simple one compared to the wild life the warrior had led. Apollo, in his obsession to avenge his son’s death, told Paris the one place where Achilles could be injured— the back of his heel. Paris picked up his bow and arrow and shot Achilles in the heel, precisely where Apollo had instructed. Apollo shows Paris where to aim his arrow in When Achilles died, the The Death of Achilles by Peter Paul Rubens, Trojans and Greeks fought created around 1632.
The body of Achilles was put on a funeral pyre and burned. Thetis and her forty-nine sea sisters, the Nereids (NEER-ee-idz), rose out of the water and took his ashes. indd 40 9/18/08 9:37:28 AM THE END OF ACHILLES Patroclus, and either took them back down into the sea or buried them alongside the remains of Antilochus. According to some myths, after death, Achilles went to the White Isle and lived there in complete happiness. However, in Homer’s Odyssey, a story that takes place after the Iliad, Achilles was not happy in the afterlife.