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Difference Between Achilles and Agamemnon

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Achilles and Agamemnon are two epic characters. Both the characters have their distinct features and both of them are considered very strong.

Achilles is considered to be the central character of Homer’s Iliad. Achilles has been described as the strongest man and his father was god and mother a mortal being. He became almost immortal after he was bathed in Styx River. The only part that could be injured was his heel.

Agamemnon was the King of Mycenae and was born of King Atreus of Mycenae and Queen Aerope. Though the two Greek heroes are considered similar, Agamemnon does not have the calibre of Achilles.

Though Agamemnon was the leader of his army, he never took any big risks in the battlefield. On the other hand, he took the credit for everything and always wanted the largest share of the loot. Unlike Agamemnon Achilles is seen to be very noble in his wars.

While Agamemnon does not show any emotions and does not trust his army, Achilles was a character with opposite qualities. Agamemnon was respected by the people but was not liked by them. He was a person who always tried to get something for himself in any given situation.

On the other hand, Achilles shows his emotions. He is depicted as a character who tries to achieve glory in every aspect of his life. He is a person who reacts angrily when he is not able to achieve his goals. He is depicted as a character who cannot control his anger.

The better of the character in the epic poem is Achilles. He always tried to be a good and noble person. On the contrary, Agamemnon was characterised as a horrible person and arrogant. Agamemnon always tried to manipulate the situations and people to best fit his personal benefits.

Another difference that can be seen between the two is in regard to God. While Agamemnon regarded himself as entirely subject to God’s will, Achilles does not regard himself as subject to the Gods.

Summary:
1.Though the two Greek heroes are considered similar, Agamemnon does not have the calibre of Achilles.
2.Agamemnon never took any big risks in the battlefield. On the other hand, he took the credit for everything and always wanted the largest share of the loot. Unlike Agamemnon Achilles is seen to be very noble in his wars.
3. While Agamemnon does not show any emotions, Achilles shows his emotion.


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5 Comments

  1. nice explanation!

  2. WRONG….Achilles MOTHER WAS A GODDESS AND HER NAME WAS THETIS. Anyone who has read the Iliad knows this. check your facts next time.

  3. The comparison is almost 80% wrong! Agamemnon and Achilles were VERY similar. They were both royalty and powerful warriors, but whereas Achilles was a demigod (on his sea nymph Mother’s side, Thetis) while Agamemnon was from a cursed royal line (see House of Atreus, House of Pelops, or House of Tantalus). And although Agamemnon was a magnificent and incredibly strong warrior that took many risks in battle (see Books 3, 4, 6, 11, and 23!), his role as commander-in-chief and his more royal line means that he usually has more responsibility and administrative powers than Achilles. And Homer usually portrays them both sympathetically but also isn’t afraid to show their weakness. One way that shows he’s sympathetic to Agamemnon is how protective and affectionate he is to his younger brother, Menelaus and also how fondly Helen remembers her brother-in-law. And both show unbridled emotions. In fact, Agamemnon is shown with MANY emotions: he cries, gets angry, is regretful, gets protective, goes bersek in battle, etc.

  4. Achilles’s mother was a sea nymph, Thetis and father was a mortal human being, named Peleus

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