In this article I want to tell a story about Achilles tendon.
|Achilles tendon. Source: wiki|
Well, why is this tendon called Achilles tendon? In Homer's Iliad, it was told during the Trojan War, Achilles was struck on his unprotected heel (right on this tendon!) by a poisoned arrow shot by Paris, that killed him.
The story also told that in the same war, after killing Hector (the Prince of Troy), Achilles is said to have cut behind Hector's Achilles tendons, and threaded leather thongs through the incisions in order to drag him behind a chariot.
|Achilles drag Hector's body behind a chariot outside Troy after killing him.|
After Hector's death, his brother Paris shot Achilles right on the only vulnerable spot.
Because Achilles has only this only weak spot and hitting this spot cause his death, the phrase "Achilles heel" becoming a phrase referring to the vulnerable spot for anyone.
The oldest written record for Achilles tendon is in 1693, written by Philip Verheyen, the French/Dutch anatomist.
Achilles tendon. Wikipedia.