Son of Odysseus and Penelope. The first part of The Odyssey, Homer's epic narrative, deals with Telemachus and his journey to find news of his father. For this reason, the first four books are often called the Telemachy. Many argue that the character of Hamlet is vaguely reminiscent of Telemachus because he waits so long to avenge his father. Telemachus waits almost twenty years and has to be motivated by Athene before he sets out in search of Odysseus, at which time it becomes apparent to the reader that Odysseus will find his own damn way home.

Can also be written as Telemachos.

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