The old, loyal housekeeper of Laërtes, and the nurse of Telemachus. She was the daughter of Ops, son of Pisenor. When Odysseus, disguised as a beggar, returns to his home, Eurycleia, at the orders of Penelope, gives him a foot bath. She recognizes him by a scar that a wild boar had given him in his youth, and Odysseus urges her to keep silent, as not to give away his identity before the hour of his revenge on Penelope's suitors.



  • Aken, Dr. A.R.A. van. (1961). Elseviers Mythologische Encyclopedie. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Homer. Odyssey i, 429 ff.; iv, 742 ff.; xix, 385 ff.; xxii, xxiii.