What does Telemachus learn about himself in Book 3 of Homer's Odyssey?  

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In Book 3 of Homer's Odyssey, Athena has encouraged Telemachus to travel to Pylos to find news of his father. Telemachus is still a youth, and this journey is a step on his path to manhood. He has not had his father's mentoring to make this transition from boyhood, as Odysseus has been missing for ten years.

With Athena's encouragement and support, Telemachus arrives at Pylos when the inhabitants there are sacrificing bulls to the god Poseidon. The text says,

Nine companies there were, and five hundred men sat in each, and in each they held nine bulls ready for sacrifice.

That's 4500 men, which would intimidate most young men! Before Telemachus approaches anyone, Athena gives him a pep-talk:

Then the goddess, flashing-eyed Athena, answered him: “Telemachus, somewhat thou wilt of thyself devise in thy breast, and somewhat heaven too will prompt thee. For, methinks, not without the favour of the gods hast thou been born and reared.”

Athena identifies the insecurity that Telemachus feels....

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