The Importance Of Nestor In Homer's Iliad
Achilles honors Nestor's age and experience with a gift and, in return, Nestor prays Achilles will achieve a similar happiness. Through Achilles' deep respect for Nestor he is later able to appreciate and value Priam, the father of Hektor. The aged Priam, much like Nestor, represents an equilibrium between the values, morals and peace of home, on the one hand, and the hate and barbarism of war on the other.
Nestor's importance to the Iliad is often forgotten. His tact, motivational abilities, morality and balance are often overshadowed by Achilles' barbarism, Odysseus' all around prowess, Hektor's courage and valor, and Priam's kingliness. Nestor is the balance between morality and barbarism, peace and war, home and adventure, and connects the present with the past and reveals the continuity of life. “No other character has Nestor's ability to bring order from disorder”(Goodrich 117 ).
Works Cited and Consulted:
Bespaloff, Rachel. On the Iliad. Trans. Mary McCarthy. New York: Pantheon Books,