Sarah Denhard

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Penelope¶s father is Icarius and her mother is either Polycaste or Periboea. She is the wife of Odysseus and the mother of Telemachus.

Chione and Hermes

Chalcomedusaa nd Arcisius

Autolycus and ........

Laeretes and Anticlea
Odysseus

Icarius and Polycaste or Periboea

Penelope

Telemachus

Circe

Latinus

Telemachus with King Nestor:

Odysseus killing Penelope¶s suitors. 1888

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It is said that as a child she was fed by sea-birds because her parents threw her into the sea.

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Penelope¶s father, Icarius, held a race to determine which of her original suitors would become her husband. Odysseus won and they moved to Ithaca.

Penelope and Odysseus by, Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein

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Her husband, Odysseus, is forced to leave Ithaca to fight in the Trojan War with the Greeks. When Odysseus is gone, many men who want to marry Penelope come. Penelope stays faithful, declines the men, and awaits Odysseus, who comes back after about twenty years.

Penelope, while Odysseus is gone
Penelope and the Suitors by, John William Waterhouse (1849- 1917) http://www.mythindex.com/greek-mythology/P/Penelope.html

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She stayed faithful to Odysseus, even though he did not return for twenty years. She is still thought of as a symbol of integrity. Penelope was queen of Ithaca, so when Odysseus was gone she controlled the country. She weaves a shroud for her father-in-law, Laeretes, and unravels it at night to delay her suitors.

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