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The Odyssey

The Odyssey

by Homer

Melampous

Character Analysis

Sometimes spelled Melampus. This is another minor name in a major digression over yet another minor character. Let's see if we can identify some sort of relevance to our tale: In Book XV, Telemachos picks up a hitchhiker fugitive seer on his way back to Ithaka from Sparta. The hitchhiker is Theoklymenos, a descendant of Melampous. We then launch into Melampous's story, and find that he was unfairly exiled from his land until he came back and dished up some vengeance, Odysseus-style.

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