Agamemnon was the son of Atreus and the leader of the Trojan War. He was married to Kleitemnestra, and had three children. After the long Trojan War, he is killed by Aigisthos and Kleitemnestra, once he finds out his wife falls in love with Aigisthos. Aigisthos takes over Agamemnon's land, but is soon killed by Orestes, Agamemnon's son.


Later on in the story, Agamemnon plays a more direct role in Book XI as the third of the spirits Odysseus confides in. Odysseus did not know of Agamemnon's death and was shocked to see him in the Land of the Dead. Agamemnon laments that he was killed by his own wife, and promises to never trust women ever again. He encourages Odysseus to do the same, but also mentions that Penelope is far too wise to plot something like that. Nevertheless, he warns Odysseus to take caution when he lands back in Ithaca. Odysseus thanks him, and he disappears. (VL)

In Book XXIV, Agamemnon talks with the suitors about the events that resulted in them being killed by Odysseus. After learning about Penelope's role in the story, Agamemnon said that "[t]he girl [Odysseus] brought home made a valiant wife! … Tyndareus' daughter waited, too - how differently!" Considering his past experiences with his own wife, and his beliefs about the female gender, Agamemnon paid Penelope a high compliment.

- PF