An achilles' heel is a weakness in spite of overall strength, which can lead to downfall while the mythological origin refers to a physical vulnerability, idiomatic references to other attributes or qualities that can lead to downfall are common contents [hide] 1 origin 2 anatomy 3 see also 4 references origin[edit. When achilles was born, his mother wanted to make him immortal and thus, dipped him in the river styx however, she did not realise that his heel, by which she held him, was not touched by the waters, and so that was the only part of his body that remained mortal according to another version, thetis covered achilles'.
Despite the hefty heroic roster of the greeks – menelaus, agamemnon, odysseus , achilles, diomedes, and ajax were all warriors of the highest caliber it was at this critical moment that paris shot an arrow, guided by apollo, directly into achilles' heel, killing the otherwise unstoppable greek warrior.
But in the absence of the iliad, and knowledge of achilles' defining characteristic in that poem (his μηνις, “wrath”), dante is missing the particular account of this archetypal greek hero that said, i think it's dante's odysseus (ulisse) that is more compelling technically, lust was achilles' achilles' heel.
Today, we use the phrase “achilles heel” to describe a powerful person's fatal weakness according to myths and stories composed long after the iliad, thetis was extraordinarily concerned about her baby son's mortality she did everything she could to make him immortal: she burned him over a fire every night, then. Achilles' heel: as a handwave to the myth, though achilles dies after being shot repeatedly in the chest by arrows, he pulls them all out before he diesexcept the very first in the poem, agamemnon never really expresses any true desire to conquer troy, his plan is to defeat the army and avenge his brother's humiliation.