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  • n. Greek Mythology The father of Odysseus.

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  • proper n. the father of Odysseus

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  • n. (Greek mythology) the father of Odysseus


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From Ancient Greek Λαέρτης (Laertēs).


  • Now as the two bands came close to each other—Odysseus with Telemachus and Laertes; with the swineherd and the cattle-herd; with Dolius, Laertes’ servant, and with the six sons of Dolius—and Eupeithes with his friends—a great figure came between.

    Part II. Chapter XVII

  • Upon this match great wagers were laid by the courtiers, as both Hamlet and Laertes were known to excel at this sword play; and Hamlet taking up the foils chose one, not at all suspecting the treachery of Laertes, or being careful to examine Laertes’ weapon, who, instead of a foil or blunted sword, which the laws of fencing require, made use of one with a point, and poisoned.

    Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

  • Laertes is not really publishing much fiction these days, though, and so they've not been reprinting the backlist much either and their licenses for my work have been expiring.

    Breakfast in Bed

  • This latter is, possibly, lawagetas in Mycenaean Greek, and some scholars think that the name Laertes, Odysseus’s father, is just a contraction of that word.

    The Trojan War

  • This person, whom, for the present, we shall call Laertes, offered to take Wilhelm over and introduce him.

    Chapter IV. Book II

  • But by procrastinating, his tragic flaw, everyone whom he ridicules and targets also dies along the way, such as Laertes, Gertrude, Polonius, Ophelia, Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern.

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  • Will it be Hamlet or Laertes who is the victor in the Wittenberg versus Paris college tennis tournament?

    Wittenberg – review

  • For instance, in the Odyssey, while Odysseus is away, Penelope keeps weaving and undoing and reweaving a funeral shroud for her father-in-law, Laertes; she is doing this to postpone a task she does not want, that of giving up on Odysseus and choosing from among her pesky suitors.

    Ingrid Hill - An interview with author

  • In other doublings—Benedict Wong's splendidly spoken Laertes is a player/musician; Marcellus Callum Dixon too, plus several other minor roles—lead us to suspect that Elsinore is an institution that specializes in treating dissociative identity disorder.

    Multiple Personalities at Play

  • Polonius had a long list of advice when his son Laertes was leaving home in Hamlet “Neither a borrower nor a lender be,” and so on.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Dad


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