Telegony


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Telegony

 

the supposed influence of a male that previously mated with a female on her offspring resulting from subsequent matings with other males. The phenomenon of telegony was “discovered” in the first quarter of the 19th century. Genetic experiments carried out by many scientists in the late 19th century disproved the existence of telegony.

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The Epic Cycle tells, collectively, the beginnings of the war (Cypria), the wrath of Akhilleus in the siege's tenth year (Iliad), the events that occurred between Hektor's death and the Greeks' return home (Aethiopis, Little Iliad, Iliou persis, and the Nosti), Odysseus's ten-year journey to Ithaka (Odyssey), and his adventures following the Odyssey (Telegony).
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