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King Laertes of Ithaca was the son of King Arcesius and Queen Chalcomedusa. He was the husband of Anticlea and father of Odysseus. An Argonaut in his day, Laertes participated in the Calydonian Boar Hunt but abdicated in favour of his son some time before the Trojan War. In the Odyssey, Laertes is found growing a tree, leaving administration to his daughter-in-law, Penelope of Sparta, his wife having died of grief for her son. He helps his son fend off the relatives of Penelope's suitors, killing some.
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