A son of Alcimus and a friend of Odysseus, who, on quitting Ithaca, entrusted to him the care of his house.1 Athena assumed his appearance when she conducted Telemachus to Pylos.2 On Odysseus' return, Mentor assisted him in the contest with the suitors, and brought about a reconciliation between him and the people.3



  1. Homer. Odyssey ii, 226 ff.; xxii, 235.
  2. ibid. ii, 269, 402; iii, 13 ff.; iv, 654.
  3. ibid. xxii, 206; xxiv, 445 ff.


  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.