The Odyssey by Homer

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Why do Telemachos and his mother need Odysseus

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Telemachus is only a young man and so is in desperate need of guidance from a male authority figure. As the son of a king Telemachus will one day ascend to the throne, but with his father absent from his life he's unable to learn the vital skills that will stand him in good stead later on. The goddess Athena, Odysseus's protector, is a big help to Telemachus in giving him the courage to address the people of Ithaca before embarking on an epic voyage to track down his missing father. But it's not enough. Telemachus needs Odysseus at home if he's to learn...

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