- the greatest Greek warrior in the Trojan War and hero of Homer's Iliad. He killed Hector and was killed when Paris wounded him in the heel, his one vulnerable spot, with an arrow.
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Contemporary Examples of achilles
Our visionary scientists have found the Achilles heel of yet another enemy of the State—the Superbug!The Fake Superbug Cure
June 21, 2014
A second doctor suggested it might be possible to extend his Achilles tendon.The Fall and Rise of Skateboarder Danny Renaud
August 21, 2013
Obama, extremely/quite confident: 32 percent Romney, extremely/quite confident: 19 percent That's the Achilles Heel, gang.Again I Shout It: Bain Is a Distraction
May 23, 2012
Alexander the Great fashioned himself after Achilles and very much identified with him.
We tried to stay with a very strict core, which is Achilles and Hector.
Historical Examples of achilles
This is, or soon will be, the Achilles, iron armour-plated ship.The Uncommercial Traveller
Another of her sons was Memnon, King of Æthiopia, who was slain by Achilles.
Nolens Volens tries it by a process like "Achilles and the Tortoise."A Tangled Tale
Even Hector cut his stick (with Achilles after him) at the siege of Troy.The Comic Latin Grammar
But Achilles was amazed at the sight of Priam, and amazed were the rest, and they looked at each other.The Legacy of Greece
- Greek myth Greek hero, the son of Peleus and the sea goddess Thetis: in the Iliad the foremost of the Greek warriors at the siege of Troy. While he was a baby his mother plunged him into the river Styx making his body invulnerable except for the heel by which she held him. After slaying Hector, he was killed by Paris who wounded him in the heel
In classical mythology, the greatest warrior on the Greek side in the Trojan War (see also Trojan War). When he was an infant, his mother tried to make him immortal by bathing him in a magical river, but the heel by which she held him remained vulnerable. During the Trojan War, he quarreled with the commander, Agamemnon, and in anger sulked in his tent. Eventually Achilles emerged to fight and killed the Trojan hero Hector, but he was wounded in the heel by an arrow and died shortly thereafter.