Companion of Achilles at Troy. When Achilles refuses to fight he persuades him to let him wear his armour, in which he is killed by Hektor. His funeral games are a popular subject in art.
Above: Achilles tends Patrokles. Detail from Athenian red-figure clay vase, about 500 BC from Vulci. Berlin, Antikensammlung, F2278 © Berlin, Antikensammlung.