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A Homeric man can be defined as someone who journeys to different lands and is also skilled in battle and council We have read the previous books in which Athena aids Telemakhos with his first step towards maturity Book 18 offers us another view of his transformation from a boy to a man Telemakhos conversations with the suitors and Penelope reveal his acknowledgement of his present situation and new responsibilities The following will examine the ways in which Telemakhos actions and speech convey his growing into a manWhen Athena enters the hall in Book 1 we are told that Telemakhos was sitting there unhappy among the suitors a boy daydreamingI144-145 1 This paints an image of a boy who is incapable of controlling the suitors disrespect of his oikos Since he was raised by his mother and lacked the guidance of a father Telemakhos was forced to watch the suitors consume his cattle and wine he has never known this Homeric man-hood yet In Book 18 this is not the case Telemakhos having traveled to the homes of Nestor and Menalaus befriending a comrade and meeting his father has been exposed to the proper way in which a house hold is run There is always one man in charge and that man sees to it that certain practices are maintained such as xenia This guest host relationship has been ignored in Odysseus halls The suitors the guests have taken it upon themselves to play host as well We see Telemakhos attempt to regain control in the following line You have my word as host 1876 2 These strong words follow Telemakhos promise to give the beggar a one on one fight with no worries about a suitor jumping in In this instance he is letting the suitors know he is no longer that day dreaming boy 1145 3 As Odysseus accomplice he has begun to command the suitors cooperation in carrying out his will In
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