Gods and Immortals

Characters from The Song of Achilles

AphroditeAphrodite

The goddess of love and beauty, mother of Aeneas, and champion of the Trojans. She particularly favored Paris, and in Book 3 of the Iliad she intervened to save him from Menelaus.

Apollo

The god of light and music, and a champion of the Trojans. He was responsible for sending the plague down upon the Greek army in Book 1 of the Iliad, and was instrumental in the deaths of both Achilles and Patroclus.

Artemis

Twin sister to Apollo, the goddess of the hunt, the moon, and virginity. Angry at the bloodshed the Trojan war would cause, she stopped the winds from blowing, stranding the Greek fleet at Aulis. After the sacrifice of Iphigenia, she was appeased and the winds returned.

AthenaAthena

The powerful goddess of wisdom, weaving and war arts. She was a fierce supporter of her beloved Greeks against the Trojans, and a particular guardian of the wily Odysseus. She appears often in both the Iliad and Odyssey.

Chiron

The only “good” centaur, known as a teacher of heroes (Jason, Aesculapius and Achilles), as well as the inventor of medicine and surgery.  Click here to see Chiron featured as a “Myth of the Week.”

Hera

Queen of the gods, and sister-wife of Zeus. Like Athena, she championed the Greeks, and hated the Trojans. In Vergil’s Aeneid, she is the principal antagonist, constantly harassing the Trojan hero Aeneas after Troy has fallen.

Scamander

The god of the river Scamander near Troy, and another champion of the Trojans. His famous battle with Achilles is told in Book 22 of the Iliad.

Thetis

A sea-nymph and shape-changer, mother of Achilles. The fates had prophesied that her son would be greater than his father. This frightened the god Zeus (who had previously desired her), and so he made sure to marry her to a mortal, in order to limit the power of her son. In post-Homeric versions of the story she tries a number of ways to make Achilles immortal, including dipping him by his ankle in the river Styx and holding him in a fire to burn away his mortality.

ZeusZeus

King of the gods, and father of many famous heroes, including Heracles and Perseus.