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Actorides. Patroclus, son of Menoetius, and grandson of Actor, was armed by Achilles and sent at the head of the Myrmidons to repel the Trojan assault, before which Ajax was just then giving way. His success and subsequent death by the spear of Hector are related in Iliadxvi. tutus, ‘shielded’ beneath the guise of Achilles, not ‘safe,’ for he lost his life. Cf. 743, VII. 808, tutus (‘armed’) “eram iaculo”. Patroclus took all the weapons of Achilles, except the great spear which only Achilles himself could wield.
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