The Curious Origins of the Phrase ‘Achilles Heel’

In this week’s Dispatches from The Secret Library, Dr Oliver Tearle explores the meaning and history of a famous phrase

We’ve doubtless all heard the phrase ‘Achilles heel’. It is used to refer to an otherwise strong person’s one weak spot, and references a story from Greek mythology concerning the great hero Achilles. Here’s a brief summary of the Achilles story:

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