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n. Greek Mythology
A Greek warrior, attendant, and friend to Achilles, killed by Hector in the Trojan War.


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a friend of Achilles, killed in the Trojan War by Hector. His death made Achilles return to the fight after his quarrel with Agamemnon


(pəˈtroʊ kləs)

a friend of Achilles, slain by Hector at Troy.
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Noun1.Patroclus - (Greek mythology) a friend of Achilles who was killed in the Trojan WarPatroclus - (Greek mythology) a friend of Achilles who was killed in the Trojan War; his death led Achilles to return to the fight after his quarrel with Agamemnon
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Croiset remark, the abusive Thersites in the "Aethiopis" is clearly copied from the Thersites of the "Iliad"; in the same poem Antilochus, slain by Memnon and avenged by Achilles, is obviously modelled on Patroclus.
Here they found the ghost of Achilles son of Peleus, with those of Patroclus, Antilochus, and Ajax, who was the finest and handsomest man of all the Danaans after the son of Peleus himself.
Your mother brought us a golden vase to hold them--gift of Bacchus, and work of Vulcan himself; in this we mingled your bleached bones with those of Patroclus who had gone before you, and separate we enclosed also those of Antilochus, who had been closer to you than any other of your comrades now that Patroclus was no more.
Woe is me that I am fated to have Sarpedon, dearest of men to me, subdued at the hands of Patroclus the son of Menoetius.
Therefore, Patroclus, bring her and give her to them, but let them be witnesses by the blessed gods, by mortal men, and by the fierceness of Agamemnon's anger, that if ever again there be need of me to save the people from ruin, they shall seek and they shall not find.
Some priest who could pronounce the Greek itself taught him to read his verse in the Testament in his native parish far away; and now I must translate to him, while he holds the book, Achilles' reproof to Patroclus for his sad countenance.
Why are you in tears, Patroclus, like a young girl?
Aeschylus, writing of the love of Achilles for Patroclus in his tragedy, The Myrmidons, dramatised its heroic possibilities.
Just five days later Patroclus was torpedoed and sunk by the notorious U99 submarine which sank 40 British and Allied merchant ships.
For example, after Hector slays Patroclus, Menelaus confronts the Trojan prince and taunts him with claims that he can ease Patroclus's parents' grief "if only [he] brought [Hector's] head and bloody armor home/ and laid them in Panthous' loving arms" (XVII.
Except there's none of that Homererotic stuff between Achilles and his (now) cousin Patroclus (Garrett Hedlund) that the Greeks were traditionally fond of.
In the 10th year of the war, Trojan hero Hector kills Patroclus, the dearest friend of the Greek hero Achilles who, insane with grief, kills Hector, mutilates his body and drags it round Troy's walls behind his chariot.