Achilles’ invulnerability

Here is Thomas Banks’ 1789 sculpture of Thetis dipping baby Achilles in the river Styx. (Photo by me back in Feb. 2020 at the Troy exhibit.) The myth of Achilles’ invulnerability seems to be a later addition to the myth, but we can’t be sure given how many ancient texts have been lost. Homer doesContinue reading “Achilles’ invulnerability”

Anger and the ancient Greeks

“Wrath—sing, goddess, of the ruinous wrath of Peleus’ son Achilles,that inflicted woes without number upon the Achaeans,hurled forth to Hades many strong souls of warriorsand rendered their bodies prey for the dogs,for all birds, and the will of Zeus was accomplished;sing from when they two first stood in conflict—Atreus’ son, lord of men, and godlikeContinue reading “Anger and the ancient Greeks”