In ancient greek mythology many characters were known for their speed:
- Antilochus, that in the Trojan war was distingueshed for his swiftness on foot;
|Antilochus on an Attic red-figure anphora, ca.470 BC, Louvre museum|
- Achilles, a Greek hero of the Trojan war, the central character and the greatest warrior of Homer's Iliad; he was known not only for his famous heel, but also for his strenght and fast feet, that made him earn the well-known ephitet.
|Achilles Wounded in the Heel by Paris, 1850, plaster|
- Hermes, the great messenger of the Gods in Greek mythology: for this reason he had wings on his feet, in order to be very fast.
|A canvas representing Hermes with wings on his feet.|