why achilles

Achilles: cried so loud when Patroclus died that the bottom of the ocean could hear him, kept Patroclus’ body in his tent for days after and refused to bury it because it made him too upset, killed thousands of people in fit of rage due to Patroclus’ death

Historians: their friendship was truly great… they were the best of friends… pals until the end… just Guys Being Bros

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so those student athlete memes huh

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lit meme: [¼] deaths

patroclus, the song of achilles

“The spearhead submerges in a sear of pain so great that my breath stops, a boil of agony that bursts over my whole stomach. My head drops back against the ground, and the last image I see is of Hector, leaning seriously over me, twisting his spear inside me as if he is stirring a pot. The last thing I think is: Achilles.”

I feel like people tend to imagine achilles as being big and hairy and muscle-bound but I just want to remind y’all that he apparently spent quite a long time disguised as a girl and nobody could fucking tell?? including Odysseus, who had to trick him into revealing himself, but was apparently not smart enough to figure out which of the beautiful women in front of him was a man in a dress???

so like please consider: petite fine-boned achilles. achilles with killer cheekbones and big dark eyes w long eyelashes. ppl meeting achilles and being all “you’re the one who’s supposed to be a scary warrior?” and then later he he picks up trojans twice his size and flings them across the battlefield and they’re like ‘oh’. achilles being significantly shorter than hector and needing to tilt his head back to yell at him. patroclus being able to sling achilles over his shoulder. patroclus giving achilles piggyback rides. achilles needing patroclus to reach stuff down for him sometimes. achilles being the little spoon. tiny pretty achilles okay

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★  favourite scenes books: the song of achilles by madeline miller

in the darkness, two shadows, reaching through the hopeless, heavy dusk. their hands meet, and light spills in a flood like a hundred golden urns pouring out of the sun.

i would know him in death, at the end of the world.

tsoa characters as @wolfpupy tweets
  • achilles: you can take our lives but you can never take our spicy, sassy personalities
  • patroclus: i'm sure i'm going to ruffle some feathers with this but given the choice between good times and bad times i would like to have the good times
  • briseis: you know the old saying, boys will be trash
  • odysseus: i guess we all learned a valuable lesson: everything sucks and is bad
  • agamemnon: at the end of the day what's important is not the enemies you've crushed and killed, it's the gems, coins and jewels you got from doing it
  • thetis: i live at the bottom of the ocean now because it's less drama
  • hector: when the sun goes out, the air turns to fire and the streets run red with blood, i am probably to blame for it.
  • chiron: hey kids, I know you're struggling right now but im here to tell you, everything gets worse forever
  • pyrrhus: if I've learned anything from this, and I've been trying not to learn anything, it's that I can do everything I want forever
  • paris: don't speak i know just what you're saying, something about how beautiful and strong i am probably

YOU KNOW WHATS REALLY FUCKING SAD

one of the most popular lines from the book is “I would know him in death.”

and do you even realize 

do you even r e a l i z e

when they were both dead, Patroclus was proven right; they actually did know each other in death? 

“In the darkness, two shadows reaching […] their hands meet.”

two hands reaching for each other in the darkness, in death, at the end of their worlds; dead souls don’t just reach for random souls in the Underworld.

even in death, Patroclus and Achilles could recognize or sense each other and they fucking found each other.