What Is Nestor's Opinion Of Odysseus

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Telemachus visits Nestor in Book Three of The Odyssey on the first step of his journey to find news of his father.  Nestor considers himself and old friend of Odysseus wants to tell Telemachus about the old days with his friend during the Trojan War.  Nestor demonstrated his regard for Odysseus claiming that,

And as to stratagems, no man would claim Odysseus gift for those.  He had no rivals, you father, at the tricks of war. (Book Three, Lines 83-85)

He continues that he and Odysseus had never disagreed and later tells of Athena's regard for Odysseus which confirms for him the strength of Odysseus's character.  His actions also confirm his regard for Odysseus for he would not hear of it that the "only son of Odysseus" should ever make his bed on a ship and provides a lavish place for him to stay as a guest.  The next morning in deference to Odysseus's son, Nestor makes a sacrifice to Athena and spares no expense providing Telemachus with everything that he needs for his journey.  It is clear that Nestor has a very high regard for Odysseus

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And as to stratagems, no man would claim Odysseus gift for those.  He had no rivals, you father, at the tricks of war

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