Book 1* Athene persuades Zeus to allow Odysseus, who has been trapped on Ogygia by Calypso for many years, to return home. * Odysseus' home and wife, Penelope, are besieged by suitors trying to marry the queen and become the king. * Telemachus receives Mentes, a visitor who comes giving news and advice. * Telemachus calls for a meeting of the assembly because he feels it's time to do something about the suitors.
Book 2* Before the entire assembly, Telemachus appeals to everyone's better judgment and decency in regards to the suitors. * The suitors, who blame everything on Penelope, decide to continue to court Penelope and take advantage of Telemachus' hospitality without making amends. * Athene, first as Mentor then as Telemachus, procures a ship and crew for Telemachus to make his journey to Pylos and Lacedaemon.
Book 3* Telemachus arrives at Nestor's house during a sacrifice. * Nestor doesn't have much information about Odysseus since...
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