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

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(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 thro…

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Oikonomou, Maria, “Telemachus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 11 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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