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The myth narrates the story of Peleus and Thetis, a romance story between a human and a semi-goddess which took place 3.500 years ago and led to a marriage. A marriage of great importance in the Ancient Greek mythology!
What we learn from the myth is that Zeus, father of all humans and gods, was in love with Thetis, a sea nymph, but receives a prophecy that Thetis’s son would become greater than his father. Zeus recalls his own story (he had dethroned his father to lead the succeeding pantheon of gods). So, in order to avoid such an outcome, he finds better for Thetis to marry a human. That human was Peleus.
Peleus was very much in favor of such an arrangement, as he liked Thetis however, Thetis refused him.
Proteus, an early sea-god, advised Peleus to find the sea nymph (Thetis) when she is asleep and bind her tightly to keep her from changing forms to escape. Changing forms was one of the nymphs’s abilities, once they were under attack.
Peleus did so, even that he put his life in danger. Thetis managed to shift shapes, becoming flame, water, a raging lioness and a serpent. Peleus held fast and eventually the nymph was subdued and consented to marry him. And not only this, but Thetis after realizing that Peleus put his life in danger and engaged into the battle for her, she truly fell in love with him!

The symbolism of this myth is amazing for every couple! It teaches all of us not only the patience we need to show inside the family over every unfortunate incident that may happen but also the patience along with necessary compromises we need to show each other as a married couple.
The wedding of Peleus and Thetis was celebrated in the sea cave of Veneto, on Mt. Pelion. The wedding attended by the Nereids, all the gods and goddesses of Olympus along with all the kings and local governers of Ancient Greece. At the wedding, Apollo played the lyre and the Muses sang.
As for the presents, Centaurus Chiron gave Peleus an ashen spear. The blade of the spear had been forged by Hephaestus and polished by Athena. Poseidon gave Peleus immortal horses!
Everyone was invited to that wedding except one: Eris, the goddess of discord. So for spite, Eris flew from Olympus to the sea cave of Peleus, and threw from the hole on the top of the cave a golden apple which was to be awarded to the most beautiful goddess. (‘’to the fairest – τη καλλίστη’’)
3 goddesses laid claim to the apple: Hera, Aphrodite and Athena, a fact that leads to the 1st beauty competition of our world!!
The 3 goddesses asked Zeus, as the father of human and gods, to decide. Of course, it was not an easy issue for Zeus to solve, as Hera was his wife, Athena and Aphrodite his daughters. He would not dare to disappoint any of them. So, instead, he declares that it will not be him to make a decision but he knows a very fair person, the shepherd king of Troy, the famous Paris. Zeus ordered Hermes to lead Hera, Aphrodite and Athena to Paris.

The 3 goddesses appeared before the young prince Paris and each of them tried secretly to “approach” him, by offering gifts.
Hera offered him an entire kingdom “… so you don’t need to be just a prince, but the King of your own Kingdom”
Athena offered him eternal wisdom “… so you make only wise decisions for your whole life”
and Aphrodite offered him the most beautiful woman of all time, Helen.
Paris chooses Aphrodite and we all know where this leads to: the beginning of the Trojan War!

The marriage of Peleus and Thetis will produce a son. This little boy became famous later as Achilles, the great Greek Warrior in Troy.

Thetis tried to make her son invulnerable by dipping him in the waters of the river Styx. But the heel, by which she held the infant, was not touched by the waters of the river and failed to entirely protect him.

All these exciting incidents happened in this picturesque and naturally beautiful area of the sea caves of Veneto, 3.500 years ago.

Nowadays, some local fishermen, swear that sometimes they still hear the sea nymphs around the cave. They hear voices, like little girls playing with the sea or around the cave! Some others saying that it is just the waves crashing on the rocks of the cave.

Who can tell? Maybe it is just the echoes of that divine day, travelled through the centuries.

Certain is that the sea cave of Peleus remains always there, to remind us of all this exciting myth. We, in Ancient Echoes, invite you to live the magic in a place full of romance and be blessed by the nymphs!

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