Telemachus, Part 2

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#421: “Telemachus, Part 2”
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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 2” is episode #421 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Jim Ware, and originally aired on April 24, 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 did Telemachus discover about being "in the world, but not of the world"?
  2. What was so terrible about the Gladiator games for Telemachus and Prudentius?
  3. Why do you think Emperor Honorius stopped the Gladiator games?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Alfrick Jerry Houser
Cody Carper Landon Arnold
Colosseum Announcer Corey Burton
General Flavius Stilicho Earl Boen
Gladiator Chorus Corey Burton
Gladiator Pete Reneday
Emperor Honorius Chad Reisser
Honorius's Servant Unknown
Innkeeper Earl Boen
John Whittaker Paul Herlinger
Man in the Crowd Phil Lollar
Man in the Colosseum Audience #1 Corey Burton
Man in the Colosseum Audience #2 Earl Boen
Man in the Colosseum Audience #3 Pete Reneday
Man in the Colosseum Audience #4 Corey Burton
Prudentius Pete Reneday
Robber #1 Phil Lollar
Robber #2 Paul Herlinger
Telemachus Corey Burton
Woman in the Crowd Unknown

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Father Anthony Prudentius
Doug Underwood John Whittaker
Stewart LaFaye John Whittaker
King Alaric Emperor Honorius


  • VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The album version does not include Chris’ parental warning that aired before the broadcast version.
  • PARENTAL WARNING: Children under ten should listen with their parents. It contains some violence at the Colosseum in Rome.
  • This two-part episode marks Cody's final appearance on the program. Interestingly, in the closing scene Cody and Whit mention Cody's ongoing experience with bullies Stewart and Doug, who appeared in Cody's first episode, #375: “The Pushover”.
  • In the original story of Telemachus, he is stoned by the spectators; in other re-tellings he is killed by gladiators, then stoned.



General Flavius Stilicho: Long life to you, Excellency.
Emperor Honorius: A fine sentiment!

Emperor Honorius: I want Constantine's law enforced: no more gladiators in the Colosseum. See to it for me.

John Whittaker: No. Sometimes being a Christian isn't easy at all.