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Achilles and the Trojan War

When Achilles was young, the seer Calchas prophesied that the city of Troy could not be taken without his help. His mother Thetis tried to keep him away from the war by sending him to the Greek island of Scyros, where he was disguised as a young girl. The attempt proved unsuccessful, however, as the Greek hero Odysseus discovered Achilles on the island, reached out, grabbed him, and took him to war.

Peleus, the father of Achilles, was too old to accompany Achilles to war. He could only give him precious gifts, such as his wedding weapons from his marriage to Thetis, an immensely heavy staff of wood, and immortal horses that could speak the human language.

On the Trojan War Achilles was accompanied by his teacher Phoenix and his close friend Patroclus. He was leader of fifty boats manned by Myrmidons. From the beginning he proved to be a dominant figure. Later he was declared the most worthy and capable of all the warriors who took part in the Trojan War.

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