Achilles’ mother, goddess Thetis, heard about a prophecy which
said that her son would be killed in the Trojan War. Apart form all the other
precautions that she took in order to prevent fate, she disguised Achilles as
a woman, gave him the name "Pyrrha" (blonde) and hid him at Lykomedes’
palace. Achilles and the king’s daughter, Deidamia couldn't help falling
in love. The result of their love was their son Pyrrhos (blond), whose descendant,
Olympiada, gave birth to Alexander the Great. But Achilles didn’t escape
his destiny. A fortuneteller revealed Achilles’ hideout and the Greeks sent
Ulysses to bring him from Skyros in order to lead the war in Troy and bring back
the beautiful Helen. The ingenious Ulysses got into Lycomedes’ court disguised
as a merchant. In his basket he had jewels and weapons. Women chose the jewels,
but Achilles chose a sword which revealed his male nature and was caught out.
So he set off to the Trojan War and his heroic death from Akhili: The little haven
of Skyros, which takes its name form Achilles, and every Skyrian today shows it
to tourists with pride.
This text (extract) is cited July 2003 from the Municipality of Skyros tourist pamphlet.
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