Who is Achilles and what was the importance of his heel?
Achilles Heel is an old saying about a guy who is invincible except for his heel. the moral is that everybody has a weakness. Example: The spiders are her Achilles Heel or it means: the only thing that can scare her are spiders .
His mother dipped all of Achilles in the river Styx all except his heel. He was invincible everywhere except his heels because of that
His mother dipped all of Achilles in the river Styx all except his heel. He was invincible everywhere except his heels because of that
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A sore Achilles tendon (back of your lower leg, just above the heel knob), that gets worse from running, walking, stairs.
An 'Achilles heel' is a single, deadly weakness despite overall strength. It is named after the hero, Achilles, because he was basically invincible except for a spot on his heel; which led to his downfall. This was because his mother, Thetis, dipped him into the River Styx hanging onto his heel. In …human anatomy, this part is called the 'Achilles tendon'. See 'related links' for more details. The term has come to mean any fatal flaw or tragic weakness. An interesting bit of trivia - the Indian god Krishna was also traditionally invulnerable except for a heel, and was killed by an arrow shot into his heel. A weakness or flaw: a variant of myth says that Thetis, mother of Achilles, tried to make her son invulnerable/immortal dipping him in the waters of the Styx (the river of Hades). But, as she held him by the heel, and he was not touched by the Styx's waters there - he failed to be protected. Note, however, that in the story of Achilles in the Trojan War in the Iliad , Homer does not mention this weakness of Achilles' heel. An "Achilles heel" is an idiom for something that is apparently invulnerable actually having a single point of weakness that can be exploited to win the day. It is derived from the Greek myth of Achilles which is well documented elsewhere. To "meet one's Waterloo" is an idiom for an end to an otherwise unstoppable force (from the perspective of the loser). In the case of the French general Napoleon Bonaparte he met the English general Wellington who defeated him at Waterloo and decisively ended Bonaparte's campaign. A mortal (death-dealing) weakness. Achilles' Heel is that one weak spot in an otherwise strong character or position. (MORE)
Answer . The expression refers to a fatal weakness. Use it when you want to really dramatize or emphasize a trait or characteristic that someone has, one that has the power to bring him down. For example, suppose that a person who is otherwise very capable has a weakness for flattery. If you f…latter him, he becomes like putty in your hand. You can lead him around easily because he believes whatever compliments you shower on him. You might say that vanity is that person's Achilles heel. (MORE)
Achilles is really the focal character in the Iliad. Without him, the Greeks probably wouldn't have been able to defeat the Trojans, as Hector, the leader of the Trojan army, was second only to Achilles in martial prowess.
His mother held the baby Achilles by the heel when she dipped him in the River Styx to make him invulnerable to injury. His heel was not exposed to the magic of the river water and he died after being shot in the heel with an arrow.
Achilles died in the heel because when he bathed in River Styx he chose his heel as his weak spot.
Thetis, mother of Achilles, tried to make him invulnerable by putting him into the waters of the Styx (a river of Hades) but the heel by which she held him was not touched by the Styx's waters, and failed to be protected. In the Iliad , Homer does not mention this weakness of Achilles' heel.
It was pure chance - no one knew about Achilles' weak spot except for himself, his mother, and possibly his mentor, Chiron.
An "Achilles heel" is a weakness in a person who is otherwise quitestrong or capable. Thus, when one has identified one's own"Achilles heel," one does well to work to improve it or at least toconceal it so that others are not able to take advantage of it.
I forgot what exactly happened, but i think back when he was blessed, they put his whole body into the water and held him by his ankles. So his ankles were the only part of his body that never touched. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ when his mother thetis dipped him into the rive…r styx she held him by the heel so therefore he was only vulnerable in the heel! (MORE)
The legend was that his goddess mother dipped him in the Styx Riverto make him invulnerable, but she held him by the heel and it washis vulnerable part.
It's the other way around. The Achilles tendon was named after the character Achilles. Achilles got his invinceability when his mother dipped him into the river Styx. In order to do this, she held him by the back of the foot-- Where she held him was the only part of his body that was not bathed in t…he river's water. Hence his defeat (agony of da feet?) when struck at the Achilles tendon. (MORE)
Meaning: the one weakness, fault, flaw, or vulnerable spot in one's otherwise strong character . Origin: In the Iliad, the famous story about the Trojan War by the Greek poet Homer, Achilles was a great hero and warrior. However, he had one weak spot, the heel of one foot. When he was a baby, h…is mother wanted to be certain that he son could never be harmed, so she dipped little Achilles upside-down in the magical River Styx. Wherever the water touched his body, he became invulnerable. But since she was holding him by his heel, that part of him never got wet. Years later Achilles was killed int he Trojan War by an enemy who shot a poisoned arrow into his heel. . Greek Legend. Achilles was a Greek hero of the Trojan War. The legend says that he was invulnerable in all of his body except for his heel, as his mother, Thetis , dipped him in the river Styx as an infant (river that formed the boundary between Earth and the Underworld, guarded by Phlegyas/Charon. It circled Hades, God of the Underworld, nine times. Charon would ferry souls from the Earth to the Underworld on a small boat, his only payment a coin left in the mouths of the bodies.) Styx has miraculous powers and could make someone immortal/invulnerable, but Achilles' mother dipped him in by holding his heel, making this part of his body vulnerable, as it was covered by her thumb and forefinger and therefore untouched by Styx. This meant that only his heel would be his downfall. Thetis fled out of fear. . Later in his life, in the midst of a War, Achilles died from a heel wound as the result of an arrow - possibly poisoned - by Paris, the son of the King of Troy (Priam). An Achilles' heel is a fatal weakness in spite of overall strength, actually or potentially leading to downfall. . The use of "Achilles' heel" as an expression used for "area of weakness, vulnerable spot" dates only to 1855 (Merriam-Webster). It derived from the Greek "Achilleios pterna" literally meaning Achilles' heel. . The large and prominent tendon of the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles of the calf is called the tendo achilleus or Achilles tendon. It is often believed in popular culture that the hero was therefore killed by being shot through this structure. However, as tendons are notably avascular, such an injury is unlikely to be fatal. . The anatomical basis of Achilles death is more likely to have been injury to his posterior tibial artery below the medial malleolus. It is noted that this area would have been included in Thetis' grip and therefore would have been vulnerable. (MORE)
Achilles is a famous "indestructible" Roman solider. The only part of his body that could be harmed was his right heel. His right heel was his weakness, so when someone finds your one weakness it is often called your Achilles heel. Except, he wasn't Roman, he was Greek.
Achilles is a famous greek warrior and his only weak spot was his heel. that's why its called an Achilles heel. it means a weak spot.
Thetis dipped Achilles in the waters of the River Styx , by which means he becameinvulnerable, except for the part of his heel by which she heldhim-the proverbial "Achilles' heel."
Okay first let me say that the belief of the invulnerability of Achilles began in the first century BC starting with a poem by Statius. (Long after the Trojan War.) It was not known before this and really Homer records three event when Achilles received minor wounds and even bleed. I don't like the …idea of Achilles being invulnerable as it depreciates his humanity, his commitment to the war and the deserving drama of situation. That said: when Achilles was a child his mother dipped him in the River Styx which gave him invulnerability. However she did this she held him by the ankle so that ankle didn't get the effect of the river's water and it was his vulnerable point. (MORE)
According to legend, Achilles was dipped into the river Styx, causing him to become invincible, but since he was held up by his heel, that part didin't get dipped, and became his one vulnerable point.
It is taken from the story 'the Illiad'. The hero Achilles had been dipped in the sacred river by his mother to make invulnerable to weapon attack; all of him got this power except his heel, which she was holding. So an Achilles heel is the weak spot.
The themes in the story of Achilles' heel are fairly simple. One is that we all have a weakness, no one is perfect, not even Achilles who was a great warrior. Pride leading to your downfall could be another, since Achilles was so proud of his fighting abilities that he neglected to protect his heel.… I would also say that fate, or the will of the Gods, would be another theme. Achilles' mother knew he would die in battle, so she dipped him in the river Styx to make him invulnerable. But she held him by the heel so it never was fully dipped. Even trying to protect her son could not change his destiny. (MORE)
due to Achilles mother Achilles heal was his weakest point because that is were she held him as she dipped him into the river styxs to make him immortal
It is named after the Homer's 'Iliad' account of the fall of Troy where one of the heros 'Achilles' is killed by an arrow entering his heel, which was the only place where he was vulnerable after being held by the heel by his mother who dipped him into the river styx.
It was where his mother held him by when she put him in the river Styx as a baby.
In medical terms, the Achilles tendon is the tendon in the lower leg that connects the lower leg muscles, in particular the calf muscle, to the ankle. If struck hard enough it can strain or break and incapacite someone for many weeks. It's used also as a term to describe a critical weakness in so…mething that may otherwise be well protected, such as an armys defence, or a company that may be competing with yours for example. (MORE)
The phrase "Achilles' heel" is a way of naming a weakness. Anexample of a sentence using the phrase would be: While he was afantastic basketball player, free throws were his Achilles' heel.
Society's achilles' heel is the politician. (Since heel is singular, so is "is", and not are.)
According to legend, when the mythical Greek hero Achilles was a baby his mother dipped him in the waters of the River Styx. This made him invulnerable to all weapons, except at the spot where she held him on the heel. Achilles went on to be the greatest hero and champion of the Greeks during the Tr…ojan War. However after many victories he was shot by an arrow on the heel, and died of his wound. Therefore an "Achilles Heel" is a weak spot that can ruin the success of the best of efforts. (MORE)
Achilles heel means a weakness of yours or your weakest point either physically or in a strategy.
Your Achilles heel is actually a statement when mentioning a weakness of yours or actually weak ankle/heelzperiodz I suppose you can't really die from it under basic circumstances
When someone says "That is your Achilles' heel." They mean it isyour weakness. I would identify your weakness then practice onmaking it less of a weakness. Remember though, everyone has anAchilles' Heel.
Idioms are used because they mean something specific. This phrase still has meaning in the modern world, so it is still used. The idea of the hero with a fatal weakness is a common one in most heroic stories. Today you also hear this used in reference to celebrities and politicians.
Paris, the very same Prince who caused the Trojan war. He should have said Hera was the fairest, his kingdom wouldn't have fallen if he had not crossed the Goddess..
The term "Achilles heel" dates back to old Greek legends, which tell of a hero named Achilles, who's entire body was indestructible, except for a small area on the back of his heel. This made him a feared warrior, as he could not be damaged by weapons, until another warrior named Paris discovered hi…s one weakness, his heel, and shot him in the heel with an arrow. The legend of Achilles is part of "The Iliad" by Homer. "Achilles heel", thus, refers to any specific weakness or vulnerability. (MORE)
It was named after the hero "Achilles", who was killed when an arrow penetrated his heel.
The term Achilles heel refers to a person's weak spot. It comes from the Greek hero Achilles. Thetis, Achilles's mother is a nymph. When Achilles was born, she tried to dip him in the river Styx to make him immortal. But she missed Achilles' heel because she was holding him by it. Another version of… the story is that she anointed Achilles with ambrosia and tried to burn away his mortal parts. When Peleus, Achilles's father, interrupted her, the only part of Achilles that was still mortal was his heel. Achilles's death was caused by his heel. In the Trojan war, Paris knew that Achilles is pretty much invincible. So he shot a poision arrow into the Achilles's heel and that killed Achilles. This is why we refer to a person's weak spot as an Achilles heel. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Also Talos who was created by Hephaestus, Had a single vein running form his neek to his heal and secured there with a nail. He too was killed when this nail was removed. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Thus an 'Achilles heel' is a single, deadly weakness in something or someone who otherwise appears to be impregnable or unassailable. See 'related links' for more details. (MORE)
Usually by looking for a weakness. No one is perfect, so no one does not have a weakness.
The term Achilles heel came from the famous Greek hero Achillesbecause he was could not be harmed anywhere except the Achillesheel. He was believed to have earned his invincibility of not beingharmed anywhere by taking a dip in the river Styx.
The Achilles TENDON is on the back of your ankle and runs up to your calf muscle. It depends on the height of the person as to the length. Achilles' heel was probably the same size as everyone else's.
An Achilles heel is a weakness that leads to your downfall. It comes from Greek mythology where the hero, Achilles, was dipped in the river Styx to protect him from harm. Unfortunately his heels didn't touch the water and he was eventually killed in battle, in the Battle of Troy, by Paris. The Achil…les tendon is located on the back of the heel connecting the calf to the foot. (MORE)
Because Apollo is the patron god of Troy. He was mad because they defiled his temple.
"Troy Palamalu suffered an achilles injury serious enough for him to miss two games in the first half of the football season in 2010, but continued to trouble him the second half of the season."
Achilles is a greek soldier that fought in the Trojan War. His mother bathed him in the River Styx making him invincible everywhere but his heel. In the Trojan War an archer fired an arrow which hit his heel and causing him to die.
an achilles heel is a BMI on howrse. With it you no longer have to worry about what time you bed your horse down for the night or what its energy level is. Indeed, if you put your horse to bed too late or with little energy, he will wake up with as much energy, health and morale as if you had put hi…m to bed with at least 20% of energy and before 22:00. Happy Howrsing, Happy98 (MORE)
It means a weak point and is an adage. Many words can be employed to refer to an expression. Most, as you'll see, are true synonyms of one or more others, but a few have specific (and sometimes unique) connotations. Here are the synonyms and their senses: 1. Adage (from the Latin adagium , "prov…erb") - An often metaphorical observation: "The early bird gets the worm." 2. Aphorism (from the Greek aphorismos , "definition") - A principle concisely stated: "Less is more." 3. Apothegm (from Greek apophthegma , derived from apophthengesthai, "to speak out") - An instructive comment: "Cleanliness is next to godliness." 4. Banality (from the French banal , "commonplace") - A trite comment: "You get what you pay for." 5. Bromide (from the word for a compound, made in part from the element bromine, used as a sedative) - A hackneyed statement: "We have to work together." 6. Byword - A proverb, or a frequently used word or phrase: "You can get more flies with honey than with vinegar." 7. Chestnut (from the Greek kastanea , "chestnut") - A stale saying or story: "There's no such thing as a free lunch." 8. ClichÃ© (from the French word for "stereotype") - An overly familiar expression: "Keep the faith" (or an overdone theme, like moviedom's manic pixie dream girl). 9. Commonplace (from the Latin locus communis, "widely applicable argument") - An obvious but often tiresome or unfortunate comment: "What goes around comes around" (or a trite phenomena, such as drivers sending text messages). 10. Epigram (from the Greek epigramma , derived from epigraphein, "to write on") - A concise and wise and/or clever saying: Time is money." 11. Homily (from the Latin homilia , "conversation") - a catchphrase (or sermon) meant to inspire: "To err is human; to forgive divine." 12. Maxim (from the Latin maxima , the superlative of magnus, "large") - A rule or principle: "A watched pot never boils." 13. Moral (from the Latin moralis , "custom") - The lesson of an instructive story: "Be satisfied with what you have." 14. Motto (from the Latin muttire , "mutter") - A statement of a principle: "Be prepared." 15. Platitude (from the French plat , "dull") - A banal remark: "Blondes have more fun." 16. Precept (from the Latin praeceptum , "something taken before") - A statement of a rule: "Thou shalt not kill." 17. Principle (from the Latin principium , "beginning") - A law or rule of conduct: "It is better to give than to receive." 18. Proverb (from the Latin proverbium , from pro-, "for" or "to," and verbum, "word") - A direct synonym for adage, byword, epigram, and maxim. 19. Saw (from the Old English sagu , "discourse") - A maxim or proverb, often referred to with some condescension: "You've heard that old saw about how to get healthy, wealthy, and wise." 20. Saying - An adage: "Let sleeping dogs lie." 21. Sententia (from the Latin word for "feeling, opinion") - A brief expression of a principle: "To thine own self be true." 22. Shibboleth (from the Hebrew word for "stream," described in the Bible as a word used, by its pronunciation, to distinguish speakers of one region for another) - A widely held belief: "Time heals all wounds." 23. Slogan (from Scottish Gaelic sluagh-ghairm , "war cry") - A statement of a position or goal: "Say what you mean, and mean what you say" (or an advertising statement: "We will not be undersold!"). 24. Trope (from Latin tropos , "turn," "way," "manner," "style") - A common figure of speech: "Not that there's anything wrong with that" (or a trite theme, as the climactic duel in a western movie). 25. Truism - An obvious truth: "You can't win them all." (MORE)
From the Iliad (Ilias), great epic poem written by Homer (Homeros). Achilles (Akhilleus) was an ancient Greek hero who attacked against Troy (Ilion/Troia) with the Greek Peloponnesian army of Agamemnon and Menelaus (Menelaos). In the myth Achilles was immortal since his mother dipped him into a wat…er which made him invulnerable, only his heel didn't touch the water since his mother was holding him from the heel. That's why Achilles was invincible warrior who won everybody in the battle, including Troy's greatest hero and defender Hector (Hektor). Finally Paris, a prince of Troy shoot an arrow (guided by god Apollo) to the heel of Achilles, and the great hero of Greece died. That's the myth which brought the Achilles heel proverb into a modern use. (MORE)
It is a person's point of weakness. Achilles, according to legend, was dunked in the River Styx by his mother Thetis when he was a baby. She wanted to make him immortal. While dunking him, she held him by the heel. This is the only body part that was not immortal. During the Trojan War, Paris shot h…im in the heel, killing him. His heel was his only weak point, hence his "Achilles Heel.' (MORE)
The phrase 'Achilles heel' means a weakness someone has who is otherwise unbeatable. It can be used in almost any context such as Superman's Achilles heel is kryptonite. The saying comes from the Greek hero Achilles who was invincible apart from a small spot on his heel.
Because when his mother dipped him in the Styx, that is where sheheld on to him so she could pull him out. So the rest of him wasimpervious to almost anything, but in that one spot, he was stillnormal.
The term Achilles heel comes from the legend of Achilles, who was invincible in his body everywhere except his heel, after he was dipped into the river Styx. The term is used to describe a weakness, often a specific one, or a unique one. It can be physical or mental.
He never gained command of the sea. Also, too many countries alliedtogether to defeat him at Waterloo.