Greek - A sea-nymph, one of the Nereids. Granddaughter of Tethys. Daughter of Nereus and Doris. Wife of Peleus. Mother of Achilles. She reared the infant Apollo and (with Euronyme) rescued Hephaestus from the sea when he was dropped from Mount Olympus by Hera. She married the mortal, King Peleus, and bore him a son, the hero Achilles. She had been wooed by both Poseidon and Zeus and many of the gods attended her wedding, including the uninvited Eris who threw the 'apple of discord' into the midst of the gathering setting in motion the events that led to the Trojan War. She had killed six sons by testing their immortality in the fire and, when she tried the same test on Achilles, Peleus rescued him and handed him over to Chiron to be reared. She later tried to make her son invulnerable by dipping him into the river Styx but the ankle she held him with did not enter the water and remained a weak spot which eventually brought about his death. After a disagreement with Peleus, she left him and returned to her home in the sea but they were later reconciled and he joined her in her undersea realm. In some accounts she is equated with Tethys. Occasionally called Thetis.

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