Help with Questions to The Iliad: Books 16-17


  • Why does Achilles allow Patroclus to go into battle wearing his armor?
  • Who are the Myrmidons, and how does Homer describe them?
  • Who is Sarpedon?  Why doesn’t Zeus save his life?
  • What happens to Patroclus after he kills Sarpedon?
  • Why does Homer refer to Patroclus in the second person in Book 16?
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