Book 1: Genesis
Everyone who survived the Trojan war and the sailing from Troy, is safely home now, all except Odysseus. He is being held captive by the Goddess Calypso. Athena is the most supportive of allowing Odysseus to return home and she urges the other gods to do so. Because Odysseus killed Polyphemus, Poseidon is the most against allowing Odysseus to return home. Athena decides to go to Ithica to put some spirit in Telemachus. She disguised herself as Mentes and visited Telemachus. He explains his troubles with the suitors and she tells him of how his father is alive and what he must do. She gives him courage which allows him to establish himself as the man of the home, and to begin working against the suitors by trying to find his father.