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Hum-121:  Iliad  character index p. 1 Index of Characters in the  Iliad The Greeks  (also called the Achaians, the Argives, and the Dana ä ns) Achilleus: Son of the Peleus, a famous warrior, and the sea-nymph Thetis, an immortal. Commander of the Myrmidons, the  Greeks’ most fierce and lethal fighting unit. Best friend of Patroklos. Kills Hektor in revenge for death of Patroklos. Called  Peleion, meaning son of Peleus. Patroklos: Achilleus’ beloved friend and Myrmidon warrior. An orphan, Patroklos was raised by Peleus, Achilleus’ father. Goes  into battle wearing Achilleus’ armor when Achilleus refuses to fight. Killed by Hektor. Agamemnon: King of Mykenai (Mycenae) and leader of the allied Achaian forces. His brother is Menelaos, the king of Sparta.  Their father’s name was Atreus; the sons, therefore, are called the Atrides.  Menelaos: King of Sparta and younger brother of Agamemnon. He is the husband of Helen, whose abduction by the Trojan  prince Paris provides the ostensible catalyst for the war.  Odysseus: King of Ithaka and with Agamemnon and Menelaos one of the chief leaders of the allied Achaian forces.  Persuasive and smart, he mediates internal disputes and keeps the tumultuous Greeks together. The horse is his idea. Nestor: King of Pylos and the oldest of the Achaean commanders. Wise. Acts as senior military advisor to Agamemnon. Like  Odysseus, is a persuasive speaker.
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