Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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Edited by: Maria Moog-Grünewald
The Reception of Myth and Mythology highlights the routes and works through which the myths of Greece and Rome have passed into the cultural memory of Europe over the centuries, into its literature, music and art and its reflections on aesthetics and philosophy.

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Telemachus

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Author(s): Oikonomou, Maria
(Τηλέµαχος [ Tēlémachos]; Latin Telemachus) A. Myth T., the son of Odysseus and Penelope, who is still a child when his father departs for the Trojan Wars, only appears as a figure in his own right in the first four books of Homer’s Odyssey, the so-called Telemachy (Hom. Od. 1–4). There, he attempts to prevent the suitors who swarm around his mother during the long years of Odysseus’ absence from seizing control of Ithaca. Too young and inexperienced to contend with the suitors for the throne himself, he leaves the island to seek word of hi…