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(Τηλέγονος/Tēlégonos, 'born far away [sc. from Ithaca]'). Not mentioned in Homer; according to Hes. Theog. 1011-1014 one of the three sons of Odysseus and Circe, who sends him, when he is a young man, to search for his father. Main character of a lost Tēlegóneia ascribed to Eugamon of Cyrene. On Ithaca he inadvertently kills his father with a lance, which was made for him by Hephaestus, (schol. Hom. Od. 11,134), the tip of which was from a ray whose poison was considered fatal. According to Sophocles (TrGF 4, 453-461) he takes…

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Zimmermann, Sylvia, “Telegonus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 06 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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