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Patroklos in The Odyssey

Patroklos

Sometimes spelled Patroclus. One of the shades Odysseus sees in the Underworld. Patroklos was Achilleus' best friend. The Iliad tells us that after Trojan warrior Hektor killed Patroklos, Achilleus swore revenge—killing Hektor, and thereby sealing his own doom. (To learn more about this, check out our guide to the Iliad.)