Peleus (muddy) In Greek mythology, king of the Myrmidons and an Argonaut; son of Aeacus, king of Aegina and Endeis; husband of the sea nymph Thetis; father of Achilles. In Catullus’s poem 64, Peleus and Thetis, it was at Peleus’s marriage feast that Eris (discord) threw an apple with the inscription “for the fairest” into the gathering and caused a dispute among the goddesses for possession of the apple. That dispute led to the Judgment of Paris and the Trojan War. Homer’s Iliad (book 9), Euripides’ Andromache, Apollodorus’s Bibliotheca (Library),
and Ovid’s Metamorphoses (book 11) all refer to Peleus or tell his tale.


Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow– Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante

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