Homework Help

How does the god Apollo help hector kill Achilles' best friend Patroclus?

user profile pic

dee1goodlifeb... | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 9, 2009 at 8:23 AM via web

dislike 1 like

How does the god Apollo help hector kill Achilles' best friend Patroclus?

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 9, 2009 at 8:51 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 0 like

In "The Iliad," usually attributed to Homer, Achilles is a great hero among the Achaeans.  At the beginning of the epic, he refuses to help the Achaeans fight agains Troy because he is angry at the king.  As it happens,he will not help fight until his best friend, Patroklos, is killed in battle.

The actual killer of Patroklos was the Trojan hero Hector.  However, he is only able to kill Patroklos with divine help.  What happens is that Apollo hits Patroklos over the head and knocks his helmet off.  That leads to Hector being able to kill him.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes