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Also known as THETYS

Nereid and mother of Achilles

Daughter of NEREUS and DORIS, and best friend of EURYNOME, she was doing well god-wise until an oracle put out a prophecy which upset ZEUS and POSEIDON, who both fancied her at the time.

To avoid the consequences of the prophecy they hastily made sure she was married off to Peleus, a mortal. This happened against her wishes, but she tried to make the best of it. The wedding was a glitzy OLYMPUS affair with all the Gods in attendance — the only one not invited was ERIS who gatecrashed anyway and ended up causing all kinds of Trojan trouble.

Marriage to mere mortals always leads to mortification. She gave birth to a bouncing mortal baby called ACHILLES. Unhappy that her half-human son was not a true deity, she did her best to make him immortal. Smothering him in holy ambrosia over a fire just looked silly, so she grabbed him by the heel and dipped him in the River STYX. That seemed to do the trick. ACHILLES was now immortal — except for his heel...

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Article last updated on 03 January 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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Location : Ancient Greece
Gender : Female
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : THETYS
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