Theoclymenus is a prophet in his own right. Although he arrives in Ithaca as a fugitive under Telemachus' protection, he serves a couple of functions. First, when Telemachus' party arrives back in Ithaca, Telemachus sarcastically suggests that Theoclymenus stay at the home of Eurymachus, one of the more odious of the suitors. A sigh from Apollo is correctly interpreted by the prophet, and Telemachus askes his friend Piraeus to care for the old man (Fagles 16: 580-601). Then, in Book 17, Theoclymenus makes another prediction to Penelope: Odysseus has arrived at home, "poised or on the prowl," and he will bring destruction upon Penelope's unwelcome suitors.