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AKHEILOS
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Αχειλος Akheilos Achilos, Achilles Lipless (a-, kheilos)

AKHEILOS was a shark-shaped Sea-Daimon. Once a beautiful boy, he was transformed into a shark as punishment for boasting that he was fairer than the goddess Aphrodite.

PARENTS

ZEUS & LAMIA (Ptolemy Hephaestion Bk6)


Ptolemy Hephaestion, New History Book 6 (summary from Photius, Myriobiblon 190) (trans. Pearse) (Greek mythographer C1st to C2nd A.D.) :
"It is said that there was born also a son of Zeus and the Lamia called Akhilleus; he was of an irresistable beauty and like others was the object of a competition, he carried it then to the judgement of Pan. Aphrodite was irritated and placed in the heart of Pan the love of Ekho and she made him [Akhilleus] become as ugly and unattractive as he had been beautiful."


Sources:

  • Ptolemy Hephaestion, New History - Greek Scholar C1st-2nd A.D.
  • Photius, Myriobiblon - Byzantine Greek Scholar C9th A.D.