Comments for the name Patroclus

Comments for PATROCLUS:

Patroclus was the lover of Achilles.
-- Anonymous User  11/6/2007
Well, the thing is, the Greek word Homer used to describe Patroclus in relationship to Achilles, philia, can be interpreted as either lover, friend, squire, or second-in-command. So, since the Iliad was in existence, it has been rendered in all of the ways mentioned above many times. For the whole low-down, search Achilles and Patroclus on Wikipedia. Sometimes, Wikipedia doesn't have the most accurate information, but it is all presented nicely in the case of this article!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achilles_and_Patroclus

This might be better for a personal impression comment, but I have to say that I strongly believe they were not "just friends" or "lovers". They were comrades, brothers in arms--something more than friends, but not lovers. If you want clarification on what I mean, read Jonathan Shay's book Achilles In Vietnam. He puts it far clearer than I can, but I'm afraid we'll probably never know!
-- Athena Nike  10/24/2009

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