What Role Does Nestor Play In The Quarrel Between Agamemnon And Achilles

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1. What role does Nestor play in the quarrel between Agamemnon and Achilles? Are his efforts effective? Nestor is regarded as the oldest among the Achaean warriors at Troy. Nestor possessed all the experience and wisdom and is considered a valuable asset in the Achaean council of war. In the Iliad, Nestor is a source of counsel and advices young fighters and he offers advice to Agamemnon to put their differences aside. In the conflict between Agamemnon and Achilles, Nesters’ role is that of a mediator. He advises Agamemnon not to take Briseis, Achilles most prized possession, and further advises Achilles not to stand up against a King. To further explain, Nestor states that the Trojans would be happy if they found out both Achilles and Agamemnon were in conflict. Agememnon’s anger and Achilles temper need to part ways to help the Greeks all together. Nestor’s effort however proves futile as Agamemnon’s arrogance persists and Achilles pride supersedes all his efforts. 2. What does Achilles ask of his mother when Briseis is taken from him, and how does his mother react? When Briseis is taken, Achilles goes to his mother weeping and asks her to go to Zeus to assist the Trojans to surround and overpower the Greeks. Once the Greek soldiers have been killed, they will be able to know and appreciate Agamemnon for what he is, and further allow Agamemnon to see how foolish of him to dishonor Achilles, the best fighter among the Achaeans. When Achilles’ mother heard of her son’s

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