TELEMACHUS, in Greek legend (Odyssey i.
According to later tradition, Telemachus became the husband of Circe and by her the father of Latinus and of a daughter Roma, afterwards the wife of Aeneas.
Where the suitors lay in wait for Telemachus, suit Leucas far better than the island called Ithaca in classical and modern times.
Unwilling to go, he feigned madness, ploughing a field sown with salt with an ox and an ass yoked together; but Palamedes discovered his deceit by placing his infant child Telemachus in front of the plough; Odysseus afterwards revenged himself by compassing the death of Palamedes.
Here he found that a host of suitors, taking advantage of the youth of his son Telemachus, were wasting his property and trying to force Penelope to marry one of them.
Telegonus, accompanied by Penelope and Telemachus, returned to his home with the body of his father, whose identity he had discovered.
The aged Laertes is set aside; the young Telemachus does not succeed as a matter of course.
Up to the time when he reaches Ithaca it moves on three distinct scenes: we follow the fortunes of Ulysses, of Telemachus on his voyage in the Peloponnesus, and of Penelope with the suitors.
He was at last overthrown in a general rising headed by Telemachus, the ancestor of Theron (tyrant c. 4 88 -47 2), and burned in his brazen bull.