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Telegonus

by Peter Jaffe
The son of Odysseus and Circe, brother of Ardea and Agrius, half brother of Latinus. When Odysseus stopped on Aeaea during the Odyssey, he slept with Circe and she bore him several children. Given that his name means "last born," we can assume that he was the youngest child of Odysseus and Circe. Many years after Odysseus returned to Ithaca, Circe sent Telegonus to find his father. After he shipwrecked on Ithaca, thinking the island to be Corcyra, he began to plunder the land. Odysseus and Telemachus protected their land but Telegonus killed Odysseus, unaware of his identity, with a lance pointed with the spine of a trygon (or sting-ray) which Circe had given him. Afterwards, he buried Odysseus's body on Aeaea. Athena, a protector of Odysseus, ordered Telegonus to marry Penelope, and later the Gods gave immortality to both and they lived forevermore on Isles of the Blest.

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