Why does Achilles tell Patroclus to limit his efforts?  

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Achilles refused to help the Greeks assault Troy because he was mad at Agamemnon. The gods sympathized with him, so they enabled Hector and the Trojans to push the Greeks back all the way to their ships. This troubled Patroclus, so he begged Achilles to lend him his armor and let him join the Greeks on the battlefield. Achilles consented, but...

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