In The Odyssey, what does Odyssesus learn from Agamemnon in the Underworld?

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Odysseus journeys to the underworld to seek advice from the ghost of the prophet Tiresias about how to get back to Ithaca. While he is there, other ghosts flock around him, and he speaks to many of them, learning their stories. One such ghost is Agamemnon, whom Odysseus has not seen since they parted ways after the fall of Troy.

Odysseus is shocked to see Agamemnon in the underworld and asks whether he was slain in battle or drowned on his voyage home. Agamemnon tells him that he made it safely home after the war ended but was murdered by his wife, Clytemnestra, and her lover, Aegisthus, who laid a trap for him by pretending to welcome him back before hacking him to death in his own house.

Odysseus expresses his sorrow at this tale, saying that Agamemnon and his brother, Menelaus (the husband of Helen), have never had good luck with women. Agamemnon agrees and says that Odysseus should learn from his fate to be cautious about trusting women. Although Odysseus's wife, Penelope, is a good...

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