What is the relation between Achilles and Alexander?

By Sunil Kumar

Achilles was a mythical hero from Homer’s epic; the Illiad; and historians are still trying to determine where Troy(the city invaded by the Greeks) was; in modern-day Turkey or an island off the coast of mainland Greece. The blind bard(Homer) has described Achilles as a great warrior.

Alexander came much later; and he was an admirer of ancient Greek heroes and gods; Zeus, Heracles(Hercules) and Achilles. According to legend; his burning desire to defeat the Persians was a result of his belief that he was himself more than mortal; and divine-born; also the fact that Greece had been defeated by the earlier Persian empires.

There is no blood relation between Achilles and Alexander.

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