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Nestor king of pylos oldest achaean commander

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Nestor King of Pylos Oldest Achaean commander Although his age has taken much of Nestor’s physical strength, it has left him with great wisdom Often acts as an advisor to the military commanders, especially Agamemnon Book 2 Zeus’ plan
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o To help the Trojans, as promised, Zeus sends a false dream to Agamemnon in which a figure in the form of Nestor persuades Agamemnon that he can take Troy if he launches a full-scale assault on the city’s walls. Odysseus o Fine warrior and the cleverest of the Achaean commanders o One of the Achaean’s best public speakers o Helps mediate between Agamemnon and Achilles during their quarrel and often prevents them from making rash decisions Book 3 Paris – son of Priam and Hecuba o Abduction of Helen sparked the Trojan war o Often lacks spirit for battle Menelaus o King of Sparta o Younger brother of Agamemnon Hector o Son of King Priam and Queen Hecuba o Mightiest warrior in the Trojan army o Resents his brother Paris for bringing war upon their family and city Helen o
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