The Odyssey: Book 1 lines 412-419

Odysseus is with Circe

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At this point, Telemachus tells Eurymachus that simply his father Odyssey has been ruined and lost in trying to come home. Thus by implication Odysseus has never abandoned his duties and obligations as king of Ithaca. Then in turn Telemachus introduces his guest-friend Athena/Mentes, as king of the Taphians, who knows Odysseus his father and who can help him find Odysseus. Just as Odysseus only left Ithaca due to his obligations to fight at Troy, so now Telemachus by implication only leaves Ithaca as per his filial duty.

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