In mythology, son of King Aiakos of Aigina. He wrestles with Atalanta at the funeral games for Pelias, and has to wrestle the goddess Thetis to win her as his bride. His son is Achilles.
Above: Peleus and Thetis. Detail from an Athenian red-figure clay vase, about 430 BC. Arezzo, National Archaeological Museum 1460. © National Archaeological Museum, Arezzo Licence Plate 11 UK 1007 182