Odysseus patient wife, daughter of king Icarus of Sparta and mother of Telemachus. Helen was her cousin.After almost twenty years of waiting for her husband to return to Ithaca, Penelope was forced to agree to wed one of the many suitors that had occupied her palace, and promised to make a decision once she had finished weaving a shroud for Laertes. Weaving during the day, she stayed up tearing it up at night to delay the moment, but was discovered and just about to make the choice when Odysseus finally turned up, killing or chasing away the suitors.A later version tells us that Penelope was made immortal by Circe and wed to Telegonos, Circes son with Odysseus.