from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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  • n. (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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  • Homer has Apollo call Patroclus down from the walls, just as he talks Hector into rejoining the battle instead of bringing his men to safety behind the walls.

    The Trojan War

  • So calling Patroclus, his companion and dearest friend, he sent him to Nestor's tent to inquire.

    The Age of Fable

  • Patroclus, which is recorded by Homer, in the xxiiid book of his Iliad j of which this is the argument:

    Antient funeral monuments, of Great-Britain, Ireland, and the islands adjacent

  • But it happened, as authors in antiquity assumed: "Patroclus" to Alexander's role as a new Achilles.

    Riding with Alexander

  • Suppose "Patroclus" had been written by a third person, and she had been called upon to choose between it and "The Last Dryad," would she not have taken "Patroclus" and rejected the other?

    A Lost Story

  • But once the pen in her hand, once "Patroclus" begun, and the absorption of her mind, her imagination, her every faculty, in the composition of the story, had not permitted her to think of or to remember anything else.

    A Lost Story

  • A week previous she had sent to Trevor the type-written copy of the completed "Patroclus," and to-night she was to call for the manuscript and listen to his suggestions and advice.

    A Lost Story

  • When she left the office she brought "The Last Dryad" home with her, and till far into the night she read it and re-read it, comparing it and contrasting it with "Patroclus," searching diligently if perhaps there were not some minute loophole of evasion for her, some devious passage through which tortuously she might escape.

    A Lost Story

  • Even though 'Patroclus' is -- not what we expected of it, your effort over it will help you in something else.

    A Lost Story

  • He was telling a story -- a funny story, about what Rosella, with her thoughts on "Patroclus," could not for the life of her have said, and she must needs listen in patience and with perfunctory merriment while the narrative was conducted to its close with all the accompaniment of stamped feet and slapped knees.

    A Lost Story


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