10 Facts About Patroclus


Patroclus was the son of Menoetius by either Philomela or Polymele, Sthenele, Periopis, or lastly Damocrateia.

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Patroclus acted as a male role model for Achilles, as he was both kinder than Achilles and wise regarding counsel.

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Patroclus defied Achilles' order and pursued the Trojans back to the gates of Troy.

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Patroclus was then cremated on a funeral pyre, which was covered in the hair of his sorrowful companions.

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However, as Patroclus is explicitly stated to be the elder of the two characters, this is not evidence of their ages or social relation to each other.

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Hooker describes the necessity of Patroclus sharing a deep affection with Achilles within the Iliad.

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Hooker continues to negate Ledbetter's theory that Patroclus is in some way a surrogate for Achilles; rather, Hooker views Patroclus' character as a counterpart to that of Achilles.

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Hooker reminds us that it is Patroclus who pushes the Trojans back, which Hooker claims makes Patroclus a hero, as well as foreshadowing what Achilles is to do.

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Achilles and Patroclus grew up together after Menoitios gave Patroclus to Achilles' father, Peleus.

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Patroclus is a character in William Shakespeare's play Troilus and Cressida.

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