Definition of Patroclus

1. Noun. (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.

Category relationships: Greek Mythology
Generic synonyms: Mythical Being

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Literary usage of Patroclus

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Age of Fable; Or, Beauties of Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch, John Loughran Scott (1898)
"patroclus was strongly moved by this address, and hastened back to Achilles, ... Achilles, at the sight, relented so far as to grant patroclus his request ..."

2. Iliad by Homer, W. G. Caldcleugh (1870)
"BUT Menelaus knew that patroclus Had by the Trojans in the fight been slain. In glittering brass he to the front repaired, And round the corpse like a young ..."

3. The Story of Greece by James Albert Harrison (1885)
"So patroclus departed for the fight, and Achilles went into his tent, and, as he poured out the dark wine from a golden goblet, he prayed to Zeus, ..."

4. On Translating Homer: Three Lectures Given at Oxford by Matthew Arnold (1861)
"For by no slow pace or want of swiftness of ours Did the Trojans obtain to strip the arms from patroclus ; But that prince among Gods, the son of the ..."

5. The Story of Greece by James Albert Harrison (1885)
"But patroclus said only: "It is thy time for boasting now; ... So patroclus died, and there was a fierce fight over his body, and many fell on both sides, ..."

6. Troy: Its Legend, History and Literature by Samuel Greene Wheeler Benjamin (1880)
"At this juncture patroclus ap-l peared resplendent in the ... The Trojans naturally mistook patroclus for Achilles, The old terror seized them. ..."

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