12 Facts About Thetis


Thetis, is a figure from Greek mythology with varying mythological roles.

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When described as a Nereid in Classical myths, Thetis was the daughter of Nereus and Doris, and a granddaughter of Tethys with whom she sometimes shares characteristics.

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Pseudo-Apollodorus' Bibliotheke asserts that Thetis was courted by both Zeus and Poseidon, but she was married off to the mortal Peleus because of their fears about the prophecy by Themis that her son would become greater than his father.

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Thetis is the mother of Achilles by Peleus, who became king of the Myrmidons.

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Thetis heard him, and catching up the child threw him screaming to the ground, and she like a breath of wind passed swiftly from the hall as a dream and leapt into the sea, exceeding angry, and thereafter returned never again.

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Prophecy said that the son of Thetis would have either a long but dull life, or a glorious but brief one.

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Beyond the fact that the Judgement of Paris, which essentially kicked off the war, occurred at her wedding, Thetis influenced the actions of the Olympians and her son, Achilles.

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When she finally speaks to Zeus, Thetis convinces him to do as she bids, and he seals his agreement with her by bowing his head, the strongest oath that he can make.

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Thetis, meanwhile, speaks with Hephaestus and begs him to make Achilles armor, which he does.

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Thetis reassures him and places ambrosia and nectar in Patroclus' nose in order to protect his body against decay.

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The wife of Anaxander asked for this Cleo from her husband, and discovering that she had the wooden image of Thetis, she set up the woman Cleo in a temple for the goddess.

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In one fragmentary hymn by the seventh century Spartan poet, Alcman, Thetis appears as a demiurge, beginning her creation with poros "path, track" and tekmor "marker, end-post".

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