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Was Achilles real?

yes, no, maybe? Lol i love history and like knowing most of the stuff is real!

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:30 PM on Nov. 22, 2009 in Just for Fun

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  • He is part of Greek mythology. Myth means not real.

    Answer by Gailll at 5:32 PM on Nov. 22, 2009

  • OP Here0-Okay so then the trojan war isnt real and troy isnt real?

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:34 PM on Nov. 22, 2009

  • right.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:57 PM on Nov. 22, 2009

  • While it is all Mythology I do believe that Myth comes from SOME truth.
    But no They arent real

    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 5:59 PM on Nov. 22, 2009

  • Myth does NOT mean NOT REAL! Myth means UNPROVEN! Many many myths have proven to be fact while many many others have proven not to be. For the moment there is SOME proof that Achilles may have been a real person. Through a study of writings found in the ruins of Troy there are records and it seems that there could have been a person by that name... However there is no way to prove that he was or wasn't a real person or that he did or didn't drag an enemy around the city or that he was or wasn't partly invincible...

    Like ALL mythological people there is no physical proof beyond a shadow of a doubt that they ever existed. King Arthur, Achilles, Noah, Jesus... All myths. While many believe that they existed there is no more proof than our own faith. The point of the myths is not to prove physical existence, simply to teach through example. Myths are simply fables, moral tales that may or may not have a basis in truth.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 6:28 PM on Nov. 22, 2009

  • It's a little difficult to come by but I would recommend you look for "Troy: Myth or Reality" on DVD. It's a great documentary that could answer a lot of your questions.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 6:29 PM on Nov. 22, 2009

  • The city of Troy is real. In fact, the wall is still in existence today.

    Many mythological stories were made up to explain the unexplainable-- in this case, there is a probability that there was a man named Achilles, and stories of his bravery and wins in battle were expounded and exaggerated to explain the sheer volume of his victories. Each municipality also wanted to tie themselves to the gods-- particularly Zeus, so many towns had their own local demi-god legend.

    Whether Achilles actually died due to a wound in his heel, well, there may be some truth to it, since there were no antibiotics. Although the wound may not be life-threatening, severing the achilles tendon will render the person immobile. For a soldier back then, that was the end of his life.

    I think myths are stories based in truth that have been fantasized to serve a purpose.

    Answer by Busimommi at 6:32 PM on Nov. 22, 2009

  • Excellent answers SabrinaMBowen and Busimommi. I was ready to say the same that you both did . Glad I read the answers first!

    Answer by mistynights234 at 6:41 PM on Nov. 22, 2009

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