In Homer's Odyssey, who is Theoclymenus, and why should Telemachus treat him kindly?  

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Put simply, Telemachus is inclined to treat Theoclymenus with compassion and hospitality due to his gift of prophecy.

Theoclymenus is a seer who secures passage on Telemachus's ship when he is leaving Sparta. Theoclymenus is tainted by a sinful past, having been exiled from Argos for killing a member of his family. Despite the seer's dubious past, Telemachus has many questions about the future and fate of his father, Odysseus. Theoclymenus, who is gifted in reading the birds, is more than happy to help satiate Telemachus's curiosity. Their connection is a warm and kind one, though it is certainly entirely transactional.

Theoclymenus almost universally delivers good news, initially telling Telemachus that he is destined to become a great ruler much in the same manner as his father. He also goes on to predict the demise of the suitors as well as the location of Telemachus's father. It goes without saying that Telemachus would want as much council that he could possibly get in terms of his...

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