The son of sea nymph Thetis and king Peleus, Achilles was predestined for greatness. According to Statius, Thetis dipped her son in the river Styx in an attempt to make him immortal, but since she held him by the heel and thus left it untouched by the water, that small part of his body later became his downfall. Achilles is best known for the part he played in the Trojan War, which Homer described in the Iliad. As to avenge the death of Patroclus, his dearest friend, beloved, and companion, Achilles slay the Trojan hero Hector; the latter swore on his dying breath that his brother Paris will be the death of Achilles. Sometime later, Hector’s brother killed Achilles with a single arrow. In the end, Achilles’s bones were mingled with those of Patroclus, and funeral games were held to honour the greatest of Greek heroes.