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An Illustrated Treasury of Read-Aloud Myths and Legends: More than 40 of the World’s Best-Loved Myths and Legends. New York: Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers, 2004. Works Consulted Clarke, Lindsay. The War at Troy. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2004. Cotterell, Arthur. Classical Mythology. New York: Lorenz Books, 2000. Day, Malcolm. 100 Characters from Classical Mythology: Discover the Fascinating Stories of the Greek and Roman Deities. New York: Barron’s Educational Series, 2007. Forty, Jo, editor.
It was a hard decision for the warrior to make. He knew from his mother’s visions that he was supposed to die soon after Memnon. If he killed the leader, he would be hastening his own death. Despite this, he wanted to honor Antilochus’ death, so he agreed. After a vicious duel, he killed Memnon, and the Trojans retreated. Without their leader, they no longer felt they could continue to ﬁght. Achilles chased the soldiers into Troy, where an arrow pierced his ankle, and he died. A Time of Death The death of Achilles was a simple one compared to the wild life the warrior had led.
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Achilles by Tamra Orr