Athens, January 2013. Teacher: Liakou Elena Class: St3/8 Numbers of students: 19 Duration : 2weeks Age of students: 11 Years of learning English: 4 years Aims: Writing a paragraph about a myth or a legend. Use of text-related words and character-related adjectives.
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The Mythical Hero
Presentation by George Tzokas & KonstantinosDimitropoulos
In Greek mythology, Achilles was a Greek hero of the Trojan War, the central character and the greatest warrior of Homer's Iliad.
Achilles was the son of the nymph Thetis and Peleus, the king of the Myrmidons. Zeus and Poseidon had been rivals for the hand of Thetis until Prometheus warned Zeus of a prophecy that Thetis would bear a son greater than his father.
When Achilles was born Thetis tried to make him immortal, by dipping him in the river Styx. However, he was left vulnerable at the part of the body by which she held him, his heel.
Homer's Iliad is the most famous narrative of Achilles in the Trojan War.
Agamemnon, the king, had taken a woman named Chryseis as his slave. Her father Chryses, a priest of Apollo, begged Agamemnon to return her to him. Agamemnon refused and Apollo sent a plague to the Greeks. The prophet Calchas said that Chryseis must be returned to her father. Agamemnon agreed, but told Achilles' slave Briseis must be brought to replace Chryseis.
Angry at the dishonor, Achilles refused to fight or lead his troops.
At the same time Achilles prayed to Thetis to convince Zeus to help the Trojans in the war. As the battle turned against the Greeks thanks to the influence of Zeus, Agamemnon realized that the Trojans were winning because he had dishonored Achilles.
He sent Odysseus to Achilles with the offer of the return of Briseis and other gifts. Achilles rejected all Agamemnon offered him and urged the Greeks to sail home as he was planning to do.
The Trojans, led by Hector, pushed the Greek army back toward the beaches and assaulted the Greek ships. Patroclus led the Myrmidons into battle wearing Achilles' armor, though Achilles remained at his camp.
Patroclus succeeded in pushing the Trojans back from the beaches, but was killed by Hector before he could lead an assault on the city of Troy.
Achilles was sad about his beloved companion's death. He ended his refusal to fight and took part in the battle killing many men , but always looking for Hector.
Achilles chased Hector around the wall of Troy three times before Hector decided to fight Achilles face to face. Achilles took his revenge by killing him. Hector's father Priam went to Achilles' tent to beg Achilles to let him perform Hector’s funeral.
Paris killed Achilles. The god Apollo guided Paris' arrow to Achilles’ heel.
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