Achilles (Greek Mythology) In Greek mythology, Achilles, the hero of the Trojan War, is the fiercest and noblest warrior of Homer’s saga, the Iliad, who is, however, doomed by both his prideful rage and by his weakness, his “Achilles’ heel”. During the war, feeling betrayed and insulted by his commander, Agamemnon, Achilles thwarts him by turning against his own army. The death of Patrocles, his beloved fellow warrior, spurs him to reconcile with Agamemnon, yet it also drives him to greater rage and vengeance. He savagely attacks the enemy and slays the Trojan, Hector. In spite of Hector’s dying pleas, he mutilates and humiliates the body post mortem. It takes the intervention of King Priam, Hector’s father, to appeal to Achilles’ own sense of progeny, and Achilles finally agrees to turn over Hector’s body for a proper burial. The symbol of the weakest spot, the “Achilles’ heel”, eventually betrays him, as the god Apollo guides the hand of the Trojan Paris in aiming the poisoned arrow fatefully at that vulnerable heel.