Porter, Andrew. 2019. Agamemnon, the Pathetic Despot: Reading Characterization in Homer. Hellenic Studies Series 78. Washington, DC: Center for Hellenic Studies. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:hul.ebook:CHS_PorterA.Agamemnon_the_Pathetic_Despot.2019.
5. The Traditional Characterization of Agamemnon
5.1 Impetuous, Thoughtless, Foolish, and Rash
5.2 Arrogant, Imperious, Irreverent, and Insulting
5.3 Inept and Unconvincing
5.5 The Pathetic Despot
Agamemnon, it appears from what we have seen of him, fails in his task as a shepherd to his people. He fails as the premier leader,  and his failure stems in part from his unwillingness to be guided by the collective will, especially of his fellow basileis (cf. Elmer 2013:66). Whether or not Agamemnon had a right to act so imperiously, it is not really, as Allan and Cairns have shown, how, de facto, leaders were to lead (Allan and Cairns 2011).
kicking away the dinner with a curse,
“Thus may the whole race of Pleisthenes perish!” 
μόρον δ’ ἄφερτον Πελοπίδαις ἐπεύχεται,
λάκτισμα δείπνου ξυνδίκως τιθεὶς ἀρᾷ,
οὕτως ὀλέσθαι πᾶν τὸ Πλεισθένους γένος.
This “intolerable doom” (μόρος ἄφερτος) upon Pelops’ race, which embraces through dramatic irony Thyestes’ own house by Aigisthos’ eventual death as Aeschylus’ theatai know, includes a curse that is played out in the subsequent Oresteia. 
That the larger canvas known to the traditional singer and audience of Homer’s Iliad included other stories strategic to Agamemnon’s character—the House of Atreus and the kakos nostos (the second of which is central to the story of the Odyssey) among them—is implied in the evidence we have presented in the foregoing chapters.