What is the name of Achilles's horses?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Balius and Xanthus.  In Greek mythology, Balius ("Dappled") and Xanthus ("Blonde") were two immortal horses, the offspring of the harpy Podarge and the West wind, Zephyros (lat. Zephyrus); following another tradition, their father was Zeus.

Note: Balius and Xanthus are the Latin forms of the Greek names Balios and Xanthos.

Poseidon gave the two horses to King Peleus of Phtia, as a wedding gift, when Peleus married the Ocean goddess Thetis.

Peleus later gave the horses to his son Achilles who took them to draw his chariot during the Trojan War.

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sagetrieb | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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Hmm, according to Wikipedia, Achilles’ horses were Balius and Xanthus, both immortal.  They were  the offspring of the harpy Podarge and the West wind, Zephyros; according to another tradition, their father was Zeus. Poseidon gave the two horses to King Peleus he  married the Ocean goddess Thetis. Peleus later gave the horses to his son Achilles who took them to draw his chariot during the Trojan War.

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osirisls | eNotes Newbie

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Balius, Xanthus & Pedasos

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