Telemachus, Part 1

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#420: “Telemachus, Part 1”
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John 15:13

13Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

Romans 12:1
1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship.

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Telemachus, Part 1

“Telemachus, Part 1” is episode #420 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Jim Ware, and originally aired on April 17, 1999.


Whit tells a story of a young monk on a journey to find out what it means to be Christlike. But when his travels land him in a gladiator arena, his learning turns to action.


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Discussion Questions

  1. What does it mean to be a martyr?
  2. Aside from Telemachus can you think of any martyrs? (There are some in the Bible.)
  3. What was the purpose of Telemachus's journey?
    • Why did Father Anthony allow him to go?
  4. What is more important, prayer or action?
    • Talking to God, or doing stuff for people?
      • Can we have one without the other?
        • Why or why not?
  5. In your own words, describe what it means for you to be "in the world, but not of it."
  6. How did Telemachus discover that being a Christian isn't easy?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
King Alaric Pete Reneday
Alfrick Jerry Houser
Father Anthony Paul Herlinger
Cody Carper Landon Arnold
Priest Dubnaric Corey Burton
General Flavius Stilicho Earl Boen
Gregory Phil Lollar
Emperor Honorius Chad Reisser
Honorius's Servant Bob Smithouser
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Monk Chad Reisser
Prudentius Pete Reneday
Robber #1 Phil Lollar
General Stilicho's Centurion Phil Lollar
Telemachus Corey Burton
Vortican Unknown

Mentioned in episode

Character Mentioned By
Doug Underwood Cody Carper
Stewart LaFaye Cody Carper


  • This two-part episode marks Cody's final appearance on the program. Interestingly, in the opening scene Cody and Whit mention Cody's experience with bullies Stewart and Doug in Cody's first episode, #375: “The Pushover”.
  • Whit describes the Goths in this episode as "Christians in their own way." They were, in fact, not true Christians at all, but Gnostics.



Telemachus: I was reading the gospels one day and came to the place where Jesus said, "Sell what you have, take up your cross and come — follow me." I wanted that. I wanted with all my heart to follow Jesus.