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by James Hunter
Laertes, the son of Arcesius, was the king of Ithaca and the father of Odysseus. According to some accounts, he was one of the Argonauts, and participated in the hunting of the Calydonian boar. Near the end of his life, he was rejuvenated by Athena in order to take part in one final battle; he fought at his son's side against the relatives of the suitors who had been killed by Odysseus after they tried to usurp his kingdom and his wife.

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