The Odyssey: Book 1 lines 360-364

Telemachus with Mentes

Telemachus with Mentes

The preceding pronouncement of Telemachus has just stunned everyone in the household– members of it and suitors alike. Heretofore Telemachus has behaved as merely a child, and now suddenly he is declaring publicly he will undertake the deeds of a man.

One of Penelope‘s hand-maidens (i.e., personal female servants) quickly comes down but we the audience are reassured by the gleaming-eyed Athena. Telemachus will not back down nor be dissuaded and this undertaking is not the rash undertaking of a boy just trying to be a man too soon.

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