Question about the Book of Odysseus:
When Telemachus leaves Ithaca looking for Odysseus, is he really just looking for his father? What could he be seeking?
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Telemachus left Ithaca as advised by the goddess Athena who appeared to him with a number of instructions. Athena asked Telemachus to sail out and attempt to seek information about his father. First to Pylos and question King Nestor then later to Menelaus of Sparta who arrived last from the war in Troy, but if he hears Odysseus is dead he should go back to Ithaca and allow the mother to be married. Telemachus set out on his voyage to find information about his father as urged by the goddess Athena.
Athena had made arrangements with Zeus to save Odysseus but because the plan would take a while longer and his wife was under pressure from the suitors she had to devise a plan to stall the suitors just long enough until Odysseus gets home. She also devised the plan to keep Telemachus safe from the greedy suitors.
"I am going to Sparta and to Pylos to see if I can hear anything about the return of my dear father.”
"Mentor," answered Telemachus, "do not let us talk about it any more. There is no chance of my father's ever coming back; the gods have long since counselled his destruction. There is something else, however, about which I should like to ask Nestor, for he knows much more than any one else does. They say he has reigned for three generations so that it is like talking to an immortal. Tell me, therefore, Nestor, and tell me true; how did Agamemnon come to die in that way? What was Menelaus doing? And how came false Aegisthus to kill so far better a man than himself? Was Menelaus away from Achaean Argos, voyaging elsewhither among mankind, that Aegisthus took heart and killed Agamemnon?"
Telemachus wishes to know of how the Trojan War went in addition to his father's news.