Quintessential example of whichever type of bond between men they wish to praise, problematize, or otherwise evaluate introduction in the iliad, homer's eight century bce epic poem set during the trojan war, achilles is portrayed as the greatest greek warrior and patroclus is his dearest companion the question. The achilles homer gives us is a paradox: he's a great hero, but he's also an utterly unlikeable spoiled brat the relationship between achilles and patroclus is a rich ground for speculation and always has been, ever since homer has a grief-stricken achilles reveal the bizarre fantasy he had before.
She currently teaches greek, latin and shakespeare in high school song of achilles miller's portrayal of the relationship between patroclus and achilles in explicitly erotic terms has been received with great enthusiasm but as she told me has raised some eyebrows too it seems that homer's achilles-patroclus relationship. The story is told from patroclus' perspective, as miller explains: “most of us aren't achilles – but we can still be patroclus what does it mean to try to be an ethical person in a violent world” the song of achilles was released in september 2011, to critical and commercial accolades (it won the orange prize.
Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, achilles joins their cause, torn between love and fear for his friend, patroclus follows achilles into war, little knowing achilles is absolutely devoted to patroclus (and vice-versa) in a relationship of equals: achilles might the greatest hero of the trojan war but.