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Sunday, September 11, 2005

Mentor and Telemachus

In Homer’s Odyssey, Mentor was the friend whom Odysseus left in charge of Odysseus’ household while Odysseus was at Troy. Mentor was the teacher and protector of Telemachus, Odysseus’ son.

From this comes the meaning of mentor as an experienced adviser and supporter, who provides advice and support to, and watches over and fosters the progress of, a younger, less experienced person.

Rather than referring to the person who is the subject of a mentor’s tutelage as a “mentee,” could the recipient of the mentor’s instruction be termed a “telemachus”?

2 Comments:

  • By that logic you're ignoring the fact that the word has taken its place as it's own word, no longer in need of it's origin. You're holding it back. Let it go be its own word, man.

    By Blogger hal the brown, at 4:54 PM, September 11, 2005  

  • Your brain misfires a lot like mine does, I think... 5 something in the morning and this is what popped into your head? hmmm..

    I don't like thinking about the Iliad or the Odyssey too much because my high school Latin teacher made me translate good chunks of these stories for honors credit.

    Disregard hal the brown... I like the idea of calling the kid I tutor, "Telemachus." It's actually much nicer than the name his mother gave him....

    By Blogger Ashley, at 8:49 PM, September 11, 2005  

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