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Armor of Peleus


When Peleus married the goddess Thetis, all of the gods attended their wedding. Peleus received many gifts including a spear, a suit of armor, and a sword.

The suit consisted of a helmet, shield, and body armor all created by Hephaestus. Peleus passed these gifts on to his son, Achilles.

In Homer's Iliad, the armor was worn by his dear friend Patroclus in order to give the appearance that Achilles had taken the field of battle. His appearance boosted the morale of the Greeks and they were able to push the Trojans back, but Hector killed Patroclus before the Greeks could mount a counter attack on Troy.

Achilles' mother Thetis convinced Hephaestus to forge a new suit of armor for the hero. After Achilles' death, the armor was the object of a feud between Odysseus and Ajax. It was determined that the two would each give a speech extolling their virtues and the reason they deserved the armor. Although Ajax was a fierce and courageous warrior, Odysseus was far more eloquent and was judged to be more deserving. Ajax went mad with grief and killed himself. When Achilles' son Neoptolemus joined the war, Odysseus gave the armor to him.

Armor, Greece, Helmet, Hephaestus, Mythology, Shield, Torso


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Comment From: Mahdi --

I was never so interested with Greek moltohygy and epics but your review made the book somewhat tolerable. What's repelling though, is the portrayal that the male bestfriends were romantically involved, so I might not really put this book at the top of my list.I'd like to point out my opionion though about the depths of feelings Achilles and Patroclus have for each other. I think that it's very possible to be so angered and grieved at the death of a friend. I mean, a person sometimes vows to kill his brother's murderer, even if their relationship is not as deep as best friends.Overall, great review. Very well written!

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