Theoclymenus

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Telemachus learned that the relatives of the deceased man were seeking to retaliate against him, which is why he lived in exile. Telemachus was informed that the family of the deceased person was looking for retribution; this is why he lives in seclusion. Theoclymenus is a significant visitor because he’s a seer who can see into the future as well as interpret signs.

The suitors are having their noonday meal as they gather around Theoclymenus to hear his forecast. He predicts that they will journey to Hades and finishes with the statement, “The sun has been put out from the sky, and an ill-omened darkness has pervaded the earth.” Odyssean rapidly sends the suitors away.

Theoclymenus, upon hearing that Odysseus has returned to the island, tells Penelope that he is there. The king is said to be engaged in gathering information about suitors’ misdeeds. The king is getting ready for his retaliation. Penelope is doubtful of his assertions, but she agrees to pay him if the prophecy comes true.

In book 15, Telemachus meets Theoclymenus for the first time. The former accompanies Telemachus on his way to Ithaca. He has to flee from Argos after murdering a person. Homer describes Theoclymenus as a seer.

He is Polypheides’ son, Apollo’s greatest prophet. When they arrive at Ithaca, they see a hawk with a dove in its claws flying by. Theoclymenus recognizes the dove as Apollon’s messenger and explains that it is an excellent omen for Telemachus if his prediction comes true.

When Penelope encounters Telemachus and Theoclymenus, she asks them to report on Odysseus’s fate. By that time, Telemachus has already met Odysseus. He wants to reassure his mother.

Nonetheless, the father forbids him from telling others about his return. Telemachus is hesitant to disclose that his father is back on the island again. Instead of revealing this information himself, he states that Odysseus was captured but alive. This news makes the seer angry. He claims that the king is still alive and imprisoned on the island.

However, the seer does not reveal that Odysseus is laying an ambush. The information provided, however, is enough to demonstrate his prophetic credentials. He has not yet met Odysseus, but his information is accurate. Penelope does not appear receptive to any of it, but the prediction backs this up. Afterward, Odysseus appears and fights with the suitors.