Greek - Son of Odysseus and Penelope. He was a baby when the Trojan War broke out and his father feigned madness to escape military service, sowing his fields with salt. Palamede put the infant Telemachus in front of the plough and Odysseus quickly demonstrated that he was not mad. Twenty years later he set out to find his father who had not returned from Troy. He travelled to Pylos to consult Nestor who knew nothing and then to Sparta only to find that Menelaus could tell him only that his father was held captive on an island by Calypso. When Odysseus did finally get home after all his wanderings, Telemachus helped him in the killing of the many suitors who had been pestering his mother, Penelope, for many years and they rounded up all the servants who had been unfaithful to Odysseus and hanged them. In another story, Telegonus, a son of Odysseus by Circe, killed Odysseus and took Penelope to Aeaea where he married her. Telemachus, in this version, married Circe, on whom he fathered Latinus, while others say that he married Nausicaa who bore him a son, Perseptolis. Still others say that he married Polycaste. Sometimes referred to as Telemachus, Telegonus, Telegonus, Telegonos, Telemakhos, Telemakhos, Telegonus or Telegonus.

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