Odysseus and Penelope's son, who was born just before his father's departure for the Trojan war, and who searched for his father when he was old enough. He visited both Nestor and Menelaus for information, but returned to Ithaca alone. Finally, when Odysseus was back, he helped his father kill the suitors.

According to one myth, he married Circe after his half brother Telegonos (Circes son with Odysseus) had killed Odysseus and brought back his fathers dead body to her.