Ship with Peleus Telamon and Thetis
Ship with Peleus, Telamon and Thetis, Peleus and Talamon the Argonauts led by Tetis.
Plate 7: From the series 'The magnificent pageant on the river Arno in Florence for the marriage of the Grand Duke'. Credit: Anonymous. 1608. Public domain.

Peleus and Telamon

Peleus and Telamon were brothers and, respectively, the fathers of Achilles and Ajax, and heroic members of the Argonauts. Their roles in the myth of Jason and the Argonauts contribute to the rich tapestry of strength, bravery and adventure in Greek mythology.

Peleus

Peleus was the son of Aeacus and Endeis and the father of the famous hero Achilles. He was an accomplished warrior and a prince of Thessaly. Peleus joined the Argonauts on their journey to retrieve the Golden Fleece.

During the voyage, Peleus was involved in various adventures and challenges, helping the Argonauts face formidable foes and navigate through perilous situations. His presence as a skilled warrior contributed to the overall strength and prowess of the Argonauts, making him an essential member of the crew.

Peleus’ most famous achievement, however, came later in his life when he married the sea nymph Thetis and became the father of Achilles, the greatest hero of the Trojan War. This union also brought about the events leading to the famous Judgment of Paris and the subsequent Trojan War.

Telamon

Telamon, like Peleus, was a renowned warrior and a prince from Salamis. He was the son of King Aeacus and the brother of Peleus. Telamon also joined the Argonauts on their quest for the Golden Fleece.

Telamon played a significant role in various battles and conflicts during the journey, showcasing his valor and prowess as a warrior. He was a loyal companion to Jason and his fellow Argonauts, contributing to the success of their mission.

After the Argonauts’ quest, Telamon went on to achieve further fame during the Trojan War. He was one of the Greek leaders and a prominent warrior who fought alongside Ajax, another hero from Salamis and his half-brother. Telamon’s lineage and heroic deeds, both during the Argonauts’ expedition and the Trojan War, solidified his status as an esteemed figure in Greek mythology.

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