Patroclus

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Patroclus

(pətrō`kləs): see AchillesAchilles
, in Greek mythology, foremost Greek hero of the Trojan War, son of Peleus and Thetis. He was a formidable warrior, possessing fierce and uncontrollable anger. Thetis, knowing that Achilles was fated to die at Troy, disguised him as a girl and hid him among the women at
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Patroclus

 

in Greek mythology, a participant in the Trojan War and the friend of Achilles.

Achilles had withdrawn from battle because of a quarrel with Agamemnon. When the Trojans broke into the Greek camp in order to set fire to the Greek ships, Patroclus asked Achilles’ permission to join in the combat. After putting on his friend’s armor, Patroclus drove the Trojans back from the ships, but he himself was slain by Hector. The legend of Patroclus is found in the Iliad.

Patroclus

wore the armor of Achilles against the Trojans to encourage the disheartened Greeks. [Gk. Lit.: Iliad]