Penelope, the wife of Ulysses and mother of Telemachus. She was the daughter of Ica-rius, and having many suitors, her father promised to give her to the one who should conquer in a foot race. The victor was Ulysses, and when her father urged her to remain with him and not accompany her husband to Ithaca, the hero gave her leave to do as she pleased. She indicated her resolution to go with him by covering her face with a veil to hide her blushes. While Ulvsses was at the siege of Troy she was surrounded by importunate suitors, whom she deceived by declaring that she must finish a shroud which she was weaving for her aged father-in-law, Laertes, before she could make up her mind. But she unravelled each night all that she had done during the day; and when at last the suitors discovered her stratagem, Ulysses opportunely arrived after 20 years' absence and killed them all. Some writers later than Homer allege that by Mercury, or by all the suitors together, she became the mother of Pan, and was repudiated by her husband on his return from Troy; whereupon she went to Sparta, and thence to Mantinea, where her tomb was shown in after times.