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Mythic Greek warrior, vulnerable to wounding only in his heel. See: Achilles bursa, Achilles reflex, Achilles tendon.
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mythical Greek warrior who was vulnerable only in the heel.
Achilles bursa - bursa between the tendo calcaneus and the upper part of the posterior surface of the calcaneum. Synonym(s): bursa of tendo calcaneus
Achilles reflex - a contraction of the calf muscles when the tendo calcaneus is sharply struck. Synonym(s): ankle jerk; ankle reflex; tendo Achillis reflex; triceps surae reflex
Achilles tendon - the tendon of insertion of the triceps surae (gastrocnemius and soleus) into the tuberosity of the calcaneus. Synonym(s): tendo calcaneus
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The Epic Cycle tells, collectively, the beginnings of the war (Cypria), the wrath of Akhilleus in the siege's tenth year (Iliad), the events that occurred between Hektor's death and the Greeks' return home (Aethiopis, Little Iliad, Iliou persis, and the Nosti), Odysseus's ten-year journey to Ithaka (Odyssey), and his adventures following the Odyssey (Telegony).
He sings of the past heroes of Greece and Troy, of Odysseus and Akhilleus and Agamemnon.
However, she uses transliterations for most names, e.g., Aiskhylos instead of the more common Aeschylus or Akhilleus instead of Achilles, a detail that makes reading difficult and to my mind unnecessarily elitist.
Iliad A, 215 (H LL)(H L L)(H LL)(H LL) (HL L)(HH) te:n d' apameibomenos prosephe: podas o:kus akhilleus her & answering spoke feet swift Achilles `and answering her, swift-footed Achilles spoke'
Beginning his textual readings with two arkhe-texts, he addresses the issue of mourning and mortality in the Iliad by focusing on the way Akhilleus reacts to the distressful thought of his own death by practising a vengeful form of auto-mourning, culminating in his abuse of Briseis.
Next day at dawn, Akhilleus, we picked your pale bones from the char to keep in wine and oil.
Nestor's shield of solid gold, akhilleus' shield with its layer of gold sandwiched between two layers of bronze and two of tin, or the plume of Akhilleus' helmet, made of countless golden hairs, are surely as fantastic as, say, the golden doors and silver doorposts of Alkinoos' palace in the Odyssey.