Baguio Con­nec­tions 20

Sun.Star Baguio - - OPINION -

LAST week, we left off with the name Troilus. This week, I scour my con­tacts and my mem­ory for names of Baguio peo­ple named af­ter Greek gods.

Right off, there is Achilles Costales, a pro­fes­sor at the UP Baguio. Achilles, in Greek mythol­ogy, is the son of the mor­tal king Peleus and the nymph Thetis.

Thetis was some­thing, ap­par­ently, be­cause both the gods Zeus and Po­sei­don were, the story goes, in love with her.

How­ever, there was this prophecy that who­ever would be the son of Thetis would be greater than his fa­ther. This would not do for ei­ther god Zeus or Po­sei­don, and they with­drew from pur­su­ing Thetis.

When Achilles was born, his mother, in her de­sire to turn him im­mor­tal, dipped him in the River Styx, said to have mirac­u­lous pow­ers, in­clud­ing mak­ing one in­vul­ner­a­ble. Styx was also the name of the god­dess af­ter whom the river was named and from whom the river de­rived its mirac­u­lous pow­ers. Styx is also that, uh, rock band. Laaa-dy…

Achilles, son of Thetis, in­deed be­came greater than his fa­ther. He was a hero of the Tro­jan War whose lat­est em­bod­i­ment was by

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