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In Greek mythology, more precisely in the epic tradition recounted in Homer's Odyssey, Dolius or Dolios (Ancient Greek: Δολίος) was a slave of Penelope whom she had received from her father Icarius on occasion of her marriage to Odysseus. He served as a gardener.[1]

Dolius had at least seven sons, including Melanthius,[2] and at least one daughter, Melantho.[3] His wife was a slave from Sicily, whose name is not given.[4]

After Odysseus' identity had finally been revealed, Dolius heartily welcomed Odysseus in his home, expressing great joy to see his master alive and well.[5] Later, he and his six sons[6] were among the loyal servants who joined Odysseus to stand against the relatives of the slain suitors.[7]

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  1. ^ Homer, Odyssey, 4. 735
  2. ^ Od. 22. 196
  3. ^ Od. 18. 290
  4. ^ Od. 24. 389
  5. ^ Od. 24. 396 ff
  6. ^ With the obvious exception of the disloyal Melanthius, who had been mutilated and killed, Od. 22. 474
  7. ^ Od. 24. 496-497

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