An epithet, or an Homeric epithet, but sometimes called an Homeric epitaph, is a recurring feature in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Epithet comes from the Greek for putting (something) on (something). It is a tag or a descriptive quality that can be used on its own or together with the real name, depending on other features of the Greek language. Epithets add descriptive color and also fill out the meter when the name on its own doesn't quite fit. In addition, epithets serve as a mnemonic device reminding listeners that they have, indeed, already heard mention of the character. The epithets, generally compound adjectives, are picturesque, which certainly helps make the assignment of character to epithet memorable.
- Telemachus has these epithets used (depending on your translation)