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.
Him hath brazen Mars subdued with a spear at the hands of Patroclus.
Hector leaped from the chariot to rescue his friend, and Patroclus also descended to complete his victory.
But Patroclus, devising evils against the Trojans, rushed on.
Homer's story ends with the funeral obsequies of the slain Patroclus and the burial by the Trojans of Hector's recovered body.
Whether she was still to write "Patroclus" was a matter to be considered later.
Meriones and Menelaus, however, succeed in carrying off the body of Patroclus, although the Greeks are completely routed.
He sprang from his chariot as he spoke, and Patroclus, when he saw this, leaped on to the ground also.
In the 318 foreground at the right, Patroclus leads forward the weeping Briseis.