n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - The passionate connection : the mentor's greatest gift : chapter 2




The roots of mentoring can be traced back to Homer's epic story, . This story's major character, Odysseus, undertook a historic journey to fight in the Trojan War and left his son, Telemackus, under the care and guidance of his close friend, Mentor. In this role, Mentor was responsible for Telemackus' spiritual, social, physical, intellectual and administrative development; therefore, teaching Telemackus how to think and act for himself. Since the writing of The , the role of a mentor and concept of mentoring has taken on many forms and definitions.


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