Homer's Iliad is a story about ancient times, which for hundreds of years was considered a pure fiction. However, Heinrich Schliemann, who believed
in legends, gave up on abstruse scientists and dug up Troy. After that, it became obvious that the events described by Homer actually took place.
It became clear that all the heroes of the poem existed, and therefore, many of those events are real. Achilles was of particular interest.
A hero, a fearless warrior and leader of the warriors of the Myrmidonian tribe, he, according to some historians, was one of the ancestors of the
In the 19th century, academician Vasily Vasilievsky reported that, apparently, Achilles was a Tavro-Scythian by origin, originally from the Crimea. At
the same time, as the currently generally accepted theory says, Achilles lived in Thessaly and ruled over the Myrmidons - a kind of mythical, as
official historians believe, tribe.
No special traces of the Myrmidonians were found in Greece, but at the same time in the Crimea there was a city of Mirmekiy, whose authorities even
minted a coin with the image of an ant. By the way, the Myrmidons means ants. Mirmekiy is a city of ants.
In those distant times, the main grain supplier for Greece was the northern Black Sea region. And according to Vasilievsky, Achilles was the leader
“The Russian prince, at the head of the Russian squad, stormed Troy,” Vasilievsky concluded approximately.
Indeed, the ancient Scythians, from whom the Russians are believed to have originated, were distinguished by precisely those features that were not
characteristic of the Greeks. These are blonde hair and light eyes. So does Brad Pitt, by the way.
The Iliad and other sources say that Achilles did not want to fight, and in every possible way avoided going to Troy. In fact, what he forgot there,
the leader of the Scythian tribe. Why would he get involved in inter-Greek showdown.
But one way or another, he and his fighters ended up in the camp of Agamemnon. Years of siege passed, battles raged, fleeting battles broke out.
And Achilles was constantly invulnerable. Of course, there is a legend that his mother did her best, leaving only one point available for the weapon -
the heel. But no one knew about this, and Achilles was completely safe.
However, as follows from the poem "Iliad", all the same, the reason for Achilles' invulnerability was his wonderful armor. Impenetrable for any
type of weapon of that time - bronze swords and spears with arrows, which also had bronze tips.
Allegedly, Hephaestus himself forged such armor for Achilles and gave him a very good shield that reflected all blows.
We must look at the city of Mirmeki, the homeland of the hero. It is located on the territory of Kerch. And the word "Kerch" or "Korchev", as he
was called earlier, in the Old Russian language means "Kuznetsk". This is because the word "kerchiy" is "blacksmith".
It is a well-known fact that in those places there are deposits of iron ores that have been mined for a long time.
Considering the above, it can be quite confidently assumed that the armor of Achilles was forged from iron, including the famous shield. This easily
explains the invulnerability of the hero to bronze, and even more so copper weapons.
Of course, this version is no worse than others.
However, at one time the hypothesis about the origin of Achilles as a Russian hero met fierce resistance in the international historical arena.
This was based on the reluctance to miss Achilles from among the European enlightened heroes. Since he is the protagonist of the oldest poem in
Europe, it was unthinkable to "give" him to the "barbarians" from Russia.
So the version of Academician Vasilievsky that Achilles and his fearless warriors were the ancestors of the Russians is now little known.