Who is Odyssey the son of?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Please keep in mind that "Odyssey" is the epic poem, and Odysseus is the person about whom the poem was written.

Odysseus was, according to legend, the king of the Greek city state of Ithaca.  His parents were named Laertes (father) and Anticleia.

The Odyssey, which is named after Odysseus, chronicles his adventures as he tries to make his way back home after having fought in the Trojan War.  Odysseus and his men have to make their way past many dangers before they get home.

Along with the Iliad, the Odyssey is one of the earliest and most important works of Western literature.

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In the epic poem the Odyssey, the main character is Odysseus, who is the son of Laertes and Anticleia. Both of his parents appear in the narrative.

Odysseus's mother, Anticleia, is the daughter of the thief Autolycus. When Odysseus is on his long journey home, he visits the underworld, where he unexpectedly runs into his mother. He finds out that she had died of grief for him, and that his father is still alive but grieving desperately. He tries to embrace her three times, but he passes through her each time because she has a ghostly body. 

Odysseus's father, Laertes, is a part of many famous Greek myths. For instance, he was one of Jason's Argonauts on the Argo, and he participated in the Calydonian Boar hunt. He was the King of the Cephallenians, which included Ithaca. When Odysseus leaves for the war, Laertes stays on Ithaca. He does not go to the palace, where Odysseus's wife Penelope and his son Telemachus are, but stays on his isolated farm. After Odysseus comes home and kills all of Penelope's suitors, he goes to Laertes's farm. Laertes does not recognize Odysseus, who stays in disguise for a while. Odysseus sees how desperately sad and lonely Laertes is, and reveals himself. They are finally reunited. Laertes represents Odysseus's connection with the land of Ithaca itself. He had taught Odysseus everything about farming, husbandry, and keeping land. Odysseus proves that he is Laertes's son why reciting all the trees he learned from Laertes when he was young. After they reunite, they go to fight the families of the dead suitors together. 

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jaida11 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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If you mean Odysseus then his son is Telemachus. its in the first chapter or book

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