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Fans of Achilles, Hector & the Heroes of the Iliad

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[Sep. 18th, 2004|12:11 am]
Fans of Achilles, Hector & the Heroes of the Iliad
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After seeing Troy, we looked up the story online to see what truth there was in the movie...they did pretty well as far as I can tell, except that it didn't actually end so well in the real story....I actually thought that Brad Pitt was believeable as Achilles. In real life, I think that Achilles was not so buff, since his mother hid him with a bunch of girls and apparently no one noticed. Perhaps that adds to his legendary status as a demigod- the fact that maybe in Real Life he looked like a wuss but was a rad fighter? Just a thought I just came up with. But anyways, while we looked up the story, I noticed that several characters were referred to at different times by different names, but Achilles is always just "Achilles". Does he have another name, or was he so spectacular a warrior that everyone remembered it? I admit I know very little about the Trojan War, but if anyone wants to fill me in on this, that would be appreciated.
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[User Picture]From: applegnat
2004-09-18 08:00 am (UTC)
Not really. He is widely acknowledged to be the most beautiful male hero in history (at least in the Greek accounts). I think there must have been an element of androgyny in his looks for the cross-dressing to work, but he was 14 during that episode, and with a little careful disguise I think most beardless boys could be made to look like girls - long sleeves, scarves, veils and so on.

As for the other names - the Greek convention is the traditional 'x son of y', so Achilles (or Akhilleus, to be pedantic), being the son of Peleus, was also called Peleides.

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