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Palamedes was the son of the Euboian King.[2]

He was presumably among the suitors of Helen of Sparta, and swore a loyalty oath to the one she would choose, Menelaus.[2]

When Paris of Troy came to Sparta and stole with his love Helen (and treasures of Sparta), Menelaus called for the princes that had swore loyalty to him.[2]

Along with Menelaus and his brother Agamemnon, Palamedes went to Ithaca to rally Odysseus. Foretold that he would return only in twenty years , he pretended to have gone mad, ploughing a field with an ox and a donkey and flinging salt instead of seeds. Palamedes saw trough the ruse, and put Odysseus' baby Telemachus on the course of the plow, forcing the King of Ithaca to stop pretending madness and join the crew,[2] but causing him to grow antagonistic towards Palamedes.[3]

Later, Palamades went along with Menelaus and Odysseus to Troy to demand to King Priam to return both Helen and the treasures, but their claim was dismissed by Priam.[3]

Palamedes and Odysseus' rivalry soon escalated, when Palamedes mocked Odysseus' inability to find corn after an expedition to Thrace, and then managed to find some himself. Odysseus' honor was wounded.[3]

Some days later, Palamedes was found drowned during a fishing expedition. It was stated that Palamedes had stated to go on such expedition with Odysseus and Diomedes, but Odysseus called it a lie and threatened anyone repeating it. At that point, it was whispered that Diomedes and Odysseus were the murderers of Palamedes.[3] Achilles was suspected as well.[1]




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