Thetis

Detail from an Athenian black-figure clay vase, about 500 BC. London, British Museum B215.Detail from an Athenian red-figure clay vase, about 450-425 BC. Paris, Musee du Louvre G373An important sea goddess and daughter of Nereus. The hero Peleus wrestled with her to win her as his bride in the course of which she mutates into fire or animals. Their son is Achilles. When he loses his armour (with Patroklos) she and her Nereid sisters are shown bringing him fresh armour, riding sea creatures. She mourns his death.

Above left: Detail from an Athenian black-figure clay vase, about 500 BC. London, British Museum B215. © British Museum Licence Plate 11 UK 1007 202

Above right: Detail from an Athenian red-figure clay vase, about 450-425 BC. Paris, Musee du Louvre G373 © Musee du Louvre