Pictures of Thetis

In the following pictures of Thetis you can see her abridged story.

head of Thetis, Attic pelike

We know that Peleus had a hard time trying to get ahold of Thetis.

Peleus trying to get ahold of Thetis

This proved to be very difficult, because the goddess, a marine divinity (a nereid), was a shape-shifter. She turned into water, a flame, a lioness and a serpent.

Peleus and Thetis changing shape

In this picture, the lioness on the nereid's shoulder is just another one of the shapes she took during the fight.

Peleus and Thetis as a lioness

Here we can see greek god Poseidon, in the background, who instructs Peleus how to catch Thetis. In the foreground, we see Peleus trying to tie her with a rope, while she is sleeping.

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Thetis Taken by Surprise

In the end she had to give up, so here is the wedding of Thetis and Peleus (I'm sorry about the dimensions, unfortunately it is hard to understand who's who):

The Marriage of Thetis and Peleus

The Marriage of Thetis and Peleus
, Bartolomeo Di...
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When her son, Achilles, was a little baby, she dipped him into water from the Styx, in order to make him invulnerable. But she hold him by the heel, which remained vulnerable.

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Thetis Dipping the Infant...
Antonio Balestra

When Achilles was hiding among the girls at the court of Lycomedes, Odysseus was the one who discovered him. Thetis, knowing that Achilles won't be able to escape his destiny, asked Hephaistos to make special weapons for him...

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Thetis Receives Arms and Amour for Ac...
Sir Van Dyck

... and gave them to Achilles.

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Thetis Giving Achilles Hi...
Giulio Romano

Thetis givind Achilles weapons

During the war of Troy, when Achilles was offended by the way in which he had been treated, he asked his mother, Thetis, to go and plead with Zeus, in order to make the Trojans push back the Greeks. This way, the Greek army would see that, without Achilles, they can't achieve anything.

So Thetis went and kneeled at Zeus' throne, she put one hand on his knees and with the other hand she grabbed his chin, begging him to avenge the unjustice that Achilles had to suffer.

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Jupiter and Thetis, 1811
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

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Tethys Consoling Achilles
Giambattista Tiepolo

But in the end Achilles died in battle, and Thetis and her nereids mourned him.

Thetis mourning Achilles

PS: the pictures of Thetis without any caption are taken from Wikipedia and are in the public domain. They represent Greek vases from the Louvre museum.

After all this pictures of Thetis, if you are curious to know who was Thetis, click here to read the first part of her story (her wedding to Peleus).

Click here to read the rest of the story, about Thetis and Peleus' son Achilles and how his mother tried hard to protect him.

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