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Peleus Character Analysis

Peleus is Jupiter’s grandson and Achilles’s father. He helps Apollo and Neptune take Troy from Laomedon. Shortly before this, he marries Thetis. Although Thetis resists him by changing her form, he takes the advice of Jupiter and Neptune and sneaks up on her, binding her in a rope so she can’t transform.Peleus eventually flees Troy after killing his brother.
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Peleus Character Timeline in Metamorphoses

The timeline below shows where the character Peleus appears in Metamorphoses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 7: Minos and Aeacus
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...As he sails away, a ship from Athens enters Aegina’s port. King Aeacus’s three sons—Telamon, Peleus, and Phocus—greet Cephalus, an aged hero, as he deboards with his two companions, Clytus and... (full context)
Book 8: Meleager and the Calydonian Boar
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...gathers a group of fighters to kill the bull. Among this group are Telamon and Peleus, Aeacus’s sons, and Atalanta, a female archer whose face is a combination of masculine and... (full context)
Book 11: Laomedon’s Treachery
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...him the reward for his heroic deed. Apollo then captures Troy with the help of Peleus and Telamon. (full context)
Book 11: Peleus and Thetis
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After capturing Troy, Telamon marries Hesione, Laomedon’s daughter. Peleus is already married to the goddess Thetis. Jupiter, Peleus’s grandfather, had lusted after Thetis, but... (full context)
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Peleus flees Thetis’s cave and decides to ask the sea-gods for advice. One of them tells... (full context)
Book 11: Peleus at the Court of Ceyx (1)
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Peleus is happy with his new wife Thetis, but he is soon banished from his city... (full context)
Book 11: Ceyx’s Story: Daedalion
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Peleus asks Ceyx why he is weeping. Ceyx draws Peleus’s attention to a bird of prey... (full context)
Book 11: Peleus at the Court of Ceyx (2)
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As Ceyx is telling his story, Peleus’s herdsman runs into the palace. The herdsman explains that he had brought Peleus’s cows to... (full context)
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Peleus and Ceyx grab their spears and order their men to put on their armor. As... (full context)
Book 11: Ceyx and Alcyone
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...disturbed by his brother Daedalion’s transformation and by the transformation of the wolf that attacked Peleus’s cattle. He decides to consult an oracle at Apollo’s temple, which is only accessible by... (full context)
Book 12: The Battle of the Lapiths and Centaurs
Gods and Humans Theme Icon the Lapiths. Theseus hops on one of the centaur’s backs and strangles him while Peleus kills several with his javelin and sword. A beautiful centaur with gold hair is killed.... (full context)