What is this? So as soon as Phoenix found out that Thetis had a daughter (by the way, she was also named Thetis), he decided to marry her off. He knew that if Patroclus got married, his wife would help him run the kingdom – and would help him to forget about Thetis' favoritism of Achilles.
Relationship with Achilles. Although there is no explicit sexual relationship between Achilles and Patroclus in the Homeric tradition, a few later Greek authors wrote about what they saw as implied in the text regarding their relationship.
The Greek warrior Achilles is never portrayed in the Greek histories as a married man. He had a close relationship with Patroclus of Phthia that ended when Patroclus fought in his place in the Trojan War and died. The death of Patroclus is what finally sent Achilles into battle.
The idea that Patroclus and Achilles were lovers is quite old. Many Greco-Roman authors read their relationship as a romantic one—it was a common and accepted interpretation in the ancient world. We even have a fragment from a lost tragedy of Aeschylus, where Achilles speaks of his and Patroclus' “frequent kisses.”
Though never specified it can be inferred that Patroclus is gay. Deidama was heartbroken and jealous of Achilles's love for Patroclus, Deidameia summons Patroclus to have sex with her, which he does; he notes that she seemed to want something more from him, which he was unable to provide. .
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Did Achilles cheat on Patroclus?
There are numerous other examples scattered throughout the book, such as Patroclus sense of betrayal after Achilles sleeps with Deidamia (as if he'd cheated on him), or Patroclus proving his good intentions to Briseis by kissing Achilles (as if kissing him proved he could not want to kiss her too).
Achilles slew Mynes and the brothers of Briseis (children of Briseus), then received her as his war prize. Even though she was a war prize, Achilles and Briseis fell in love with each other, and Achilles may have gone to Troy intending to spend much time in his tent with her, as was portrayed in the movie.
Those who believe they were lovers often cite lines where Achilles says that he loved Patroclus as his own life (Book 18). Another popular piece of evidence for the argument is that Patroclus requests that their bones be buried together, which indicates the strength of their bond.
Despite the fact that Achilles and Deidamia could have been as young as eight years old, the two soon became romantically involved to the point of intimacy. Achilles raped her, for which she forgave him, and she became pregnant.
When Achilles learns of Patroclus' death, he beats the ground, unleashing an unearthly cry that brought his mother, Thetis, from the sea to comfort him. Thetis finds Achilles lamenting the death of Patroclus, furious and grieving. She urges him to wait a single day to exact his revenge against Hector.
According to some accounts, he had married Medea in life, so that after both their deaths they were united in the Elysian Fields of Hades – as Hera promised Thetis in Apollonius' Argonautica (3rd century BC).
One evening, when Chiron grows tired, Achilles excuses himself and Patroclus to their beds in the cave. He tells Patroclus that his mother cannot see them while they are with Chiron. Lying next to Patroclus, Achilles leans over and kisses him. The two kiss passionately and then have sex.
Patroclus is important because his death leads to a chain of events that ultimately ends in the deaths of many people, including the Trojan warrior Hector and Achilles himself. Patroclus is a disposable character in that he largely exists to spur Achilles into action.
She eventually becomes Patroclus's closest friend and falls in love with him, offering to have his children even as he remains with Achilles. Though Patroclus refuses, he wonders if he could have loved her if he'd never met Achilles. Briseis is extremely beautiful, deeply intelligent, and funny.
After the war, Thetis returns and grieves for Achilles. She and Patroclus share memories, and Thetis relents, writing Patroclus' name upon the tomb. Patroclus is now able to pass into the afterlife where he and Achilles reunite.
Are Achilles and Patroclus together in the afterlife?
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Achilles and Patroclus would be reunited in the afterlife, for both would reside for eternity on the White Island, paradise for the Ancient Greeks, where many of the heroes of the Trojan War would be found.
It serves as a great example of LGBTQ+ representation in that it approaches and treats gay romance the same way straight romance would be written about. There is so much more besides their sexuality that makes this book great.
''...had twenty such men as you attacked me, all of them would have fallen before my spear. Fate and the son of Leto have overpowered me, and among mortal men Euphorbus; you are yourself third only in the killing of me.