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Thetis

Description== Thetis was desired by Zeus by she refused him. He then gave up when he heard the prophecy (revealed by Themis) that her son would be much mightier than his father. She was horrified when told she must marry a mortal and refused him too.  She is very frequently described as having silver feet.

FamilyEdit

She was destined to bear a son greater than his father. Zeus had her marry a mortal (Peleus son of Aeacus, but she refused him at first) with whom she had Akhilleus. Thetis was the daughter of Nereus and Doris, and the granddaughter of Tethys. 

OriginEdit

Thetis was a goddess known as a sea nymph, or a goddess of water. She was the leader of the fifty Nereides (Sea nymphs.) She possessed the gift of changing her shape at will. She also had the gift of prophecy. Some people would even argue that she was one of the earliest of deities worshiped in Greece.


MythsEdit

According to Greek myth, Thetis was a sea nymph who gave birth to the famous hero Akhilles. The gods Zeus and Neptune both desired Thetis, but they did not continue to pursue her after it was foretold that the son she bore would become greater than his father. So the gods arranged for Thetis to marry Peleus, a mortal.

Thetis hated the idea of marrying Peleus, she changed into a sea monster and many other shapes to escape. Peleus held her until she finally stopped and changed herself back into a woman and agreed to marry him. Thetis bore him six sons, and she attempted to make each son immortal by burning them in a fire. She failed each time but when she gave birth to the seventh son, Akhilles, she made another attempt. When Peleus discovered Thetis holding Achilles in the fire, he became so angry with her that they left eachother.

In another version of the myth, Thetis dipped Akhilles into the river Styx to make him immortal, but she forgot to wet the heel, which she held him by, making it remain dry. Achilles was later killed during the Trojan Warf when the warrior Paris shot an arrow into his unprotected heel.

PowersEdit

Thetis had the power to change into different forms. She used this to try and get herself out of many things, including her marrige to Peleus.



Interesting FactsEdit

  • According to mythology was a mermaid
  • Greek goddess of rivers and oceans
  • After Akhilles' death, she returned to the depths of the ocean
  • Her attempt to make him mortal failed, because she missed one spot on his heel

CitationsEdit

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/591916/Thetis

http://www.theoi.com/Pontios/NereisThetis.html

http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/achilles/g/Thetis.htm

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