Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Myths and Legends: Achilles at Skyros

Achilles at Skyros. To find out more about Achilles in disguise on Skyros, see this Wikipedia article: link; for information about the image: image source.

Before the Trojan War, the young Achilles was sent to hide on the island of Skyros among the daughters of King Lycomedes, dressed as a girl. Odysseus managed to discover Achilles, however, by concealing a spear among some women's clothes and jewelry; when the disguised Achilles grabbed the spear rather than the clothes or jewelry, Odysseus recognized him and took him off to fight in the war. For more, see the story of Achilles' love affair with Deidamia, one of the daughters of Lycomedes.

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