Greek - A king of Phthia. Son of Aeacus and Endeis. Brother of Telamon. Half-brother of Phocus. Husband of Antigone and Thetis. Father of Polydora by Antigone. Father of Achilles by Thetis. He and his brother Telamon killed their half-brother, Phocus, and were exiled to Phthia by their father. He was purified by the king, Eurytion, whose daughter Antigone he married, but he accidentally killed Eurytion during the hunt for the Calydonian boar. This time he was purified by Acastus, king of Iolcus, whose wife Hippolyta (or Astydamia) accused him of rape. Acastus tried to avenge this insult by taking his sword when Peleus fell asleep during a hunt but Peleus was saved from the Centaurs by Chiron and returned to the court where he killed both Acastus and Hippolyta. In some accounts, the woman accusing Peleus was Cretheis and it was her husband who abandoned him during the hunt. Advised by Chiron, he caught Thetis asleep in a cave and held her through many shape-changes until she agreed to marry him. At his wedding to Thetis, Eris threw the golden apple among the assembled guests, so setting in train the events that led to the Trojan War. When he and Thetis disagreed over her attempts to make Achilles invulnerable by fire, she left him and returned to her home in the sea but they were later reconciled and he joined her in her underwater realm. Zeus later gave him an army of Myrmidons and he seized the throne of Phthia. He set off to welcome his grandson Pyrrhus (Neoptolemus), safely returned from the Trojan War, and died in the journey. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Peleus, 'muddy' or 'muddy'.

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