TWG-08 Nestor, King of Pylos


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Nestor of Gerenia was a legendary king of Pylos. He is a prominent secondary character in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, where he appears as an elderly warrior who frequently offers long-winded advice to the other characters.
He and his sons, Antilochus and Thrasymedes, fought on the side of the Achaeans in the Trojan War. Though Nestor was already very old when the war began, he was noted for his bravery and speaking abilities. In the Iliad he often gives advice to the younger warriors and advises Agamemnon and Achilles to reconcile. He is too old to engage in combat himself, but he leads the Pylian troops.

His advice in the Iliad is always respected by his listeners due to his age and experience, is always tempered with a subtext of humor at his expense due to his boastfulness, as he is never able to dispense the advice without first spending several paragraphs recounting his own heroic actions in the past when faced with similar circumstances.