How does Telemachus know that the beggar is divinely favored in The Odyssey?  

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I assume you are talking about the part in Book 16 of the Odyssey where Odysseus appears to his son, Telemachus, while he (Odysseus) is disguised as a beggar.  He has been disguised by  Athena.

After talking to Telemachus for a while, Odysseus is told by Athena to reveal his true identity to his son.  When Odysseus does that, Telemachus thinks Odysseus is a god.

Telemachus thinks this because he can't believe that a mere mortal could just go out the door and then come back looking younger and wearing different clothes.