One of her greatest challenges in writing the story was finding the right voice for Patroclus.
Menelaus was very reluctant to leave his place among the defenders of Patroclus.
He sprang from his chariot as he spoke, and Patroclus, when he saw this, leaped on to the ground also.
Hector leaped from the chariot to rescue his friend, and Patroclus also descended to complete his victory.
On hearing this, Patroclus withdrew to some distance and avoided the anger of Apollo.
Homer's story ends with the funeral obsequies of the slain Patroclus and the burial by the Trojans of Hector's recovered body.
Thus all night long did the Myrmidons gather round Achilles to mourn Patroclus.
Meriones and Menelaus, however, succeed in carrying off the body of Patroclus, although the Greeks are completely routed.
She found her son fallen about the body of Patroclus and weeping bitterly.
In the 318 foreground at the right, Patroclus leads forward the weeping Briseis.