Why do you think Homer included the Telemachy?

DiscussionCategory: QuestionsWhy do you think Homer included the Telemachy?
Sam Rodan Staff asked 1 month ago

The first four books of the Odyssey are often referred to as the Telemachy because they primarily deal with Odysseus’ son Telemachus… but why include this section? What does it add to the epic? Or does it take away?

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Elle Smith answered 2 weeks ago

In Ben Potter’s Q&A he mentioned it being a device to build suspense… but also to show what happens when Odysseus is not home. Does anyone agree with that? Or is there another purpose?