Achilles

In Greek mythology, Achilles is the son of the mortal Peleus, king of Phthia, and the sea-nimph Thetys. He commanded the Myrmidons during the Trojan War. In Homer’s Iliad, Achilles is a central character, who fights and defeats the Trojan champion, Hector.

Achilles' slaying of Troilus

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Achilles' slaying of Troilus

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According to prophecy, Troy wouldn’t fall until a number of conditions had been met. One of them was the death of the Trojan prince Troilus.

Achilles and the tortoise

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Achilles and the tortoise

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One of the paradoxes of the philosopher Zeno argues that Achilles can never catch up to a tortoise if the latter is given a head start.