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What happened to Achilles' heel?
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  1. During the Trojan War between the city of Troy and the Greeks, much fighting took place outside the city walls. Agamemnon, brother of King Menelaus, was among the Greek warriors. Other famous Greek fighters at Troy were Odysseus (known as Ulysses in Latin) and Achilles, who was the prince of Phthia. At one point, Achilles and Agamemnon got into an argument over a female captive and Achilles went off to sulk in his tent. Hector, a Trojan prince, took advantage of his absence to attack the Greeks. Patroclus, a friend of Achilles, was killed by Hector, so Achilles killed Hector. The Trojan Paris shot an arrow into Achilles' heel, as this was the only part of his body that was vulnerable. Achilles died from this wound and Paris was killed shortly thereafter.

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