Nestor was the king of the city of Pylos.

Parents: Neleus and Chloris
Consort: Eurydice
Children: Peisistratus, Thrasymedes and Pisidice

Nestor. Tondo of an Attic red-figure cup, c. 490 BC. From Vulci.


He joined the Argonauts and helped Jason retrieve the Golden Fleece from the land of Colchis. He also joined the hunt for the Calydonian Boar.

The Trojan War

Along with his two sons, he participated in the Trojan War for the Greeks. Although he was already at a very old age and did not actively fight in the war, he often spoke to reconciliate the Greeks, such as when Agamemnon and Achilles had a dispute. After the end of the war, Nestor and his remaining troops did not take part in the sack of Troy, but left for Pylos. There, Nestor received Telemachus as a guest, asking for his father Odysseus‘ fate.

Nestor and his sons sacrifice to Poseidon on the beach at Pylos. Attic red-figure calyx-krater, 400–380 BC. (c) Marie-Lan Nguyen

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