Greek - A king of Ithaca. Son of Acrisius and Chalcomedusa or of Cephalus and Procris. Husband of Anticleia. Father of Odysseus. Some say that Sisyphus seduced Anticleia on her wedding morning and he, rather than Laertes, was the real father of Odysseus. He was one of the Argonauts and a member of the party hunting the Calydonian Boar. Although he was too old to defend Penelope from the harassment by her many suitors while Odysseus was away, he did help to rout them when his son returned, killing Ephites. Occasionally referred to as Laertes, 'ant' or 'ant'.

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