A Greek mythological figure, Telephus or Telephos (Greek: Τήλεφος, "far-shining) was one of the Heraclidae, the sons of Heracles, who were venerated as founders of cities. Telephos was by far the most famous of these heroes, and the various sites at which libations were offered to placate his spirit occasioned etiological myths of travels around the Greek mainland, in Magna Graecia and in Ionia. As with other heroes, a series of episodic epiphanies can be chronologically ordered and a rationalized "biography" synthesized.
Along with Hector, Helenus, Deiphobus, Aeneas, and Troilus he had accompanied Helen to Menelaus at Sparta and so was one of the first of all the Trojans and their allies to behold the beauty of Helen.
Aleus, king in Tegea and father of Auge, had been told by an oracle that he would be overthrown by his grandson. So, according to varying myths, he forced Auge to become a virginal priestess of Athena Alea, in which condition she was violated by Heracles; though the infant Telephus was hidden in the temple, his cries revealed his presence and Aleus ordered the child exposed on Mt. Parthenion, the "mountain of the Virgin [Athena]". The child was suckled by a deer by agency of Heracles. Alternatively Aleus put Auge and the baby in a crate that was set adrift on the sea. and washed up on the coast of Mysia in Asia Minor. Alternatively Aleus exposed Telephus and sold Auge into slavery and she was given as a gift to King Teuthras.
Auge, who was still consecrated to the memory of Heracles, privately refused her father's decision and planned Telephus' death. She secreted a knife in the marriage bed and on the wedding night tried to kill Telephus but Heracles separated the two with a flash of lightning and they both recognized each other as mother and son.
The wound would not heal and Telephus asked the oracle of Delphi which responded in a mysterious way that "he that wounded shall heal". Telephus' convinced Achilles to heal his wound in return for showing them the way to Troy, thus resolving the conflict.
According to reports about Euripides' lost play Telephos, he went to Aulis pretending to be a beggar and asked Clytemnaestra the wife of Agamemnon what he should do to be healed. She had three reasons to help him: she was related to Heracles; Heracles fought a war that made her father King of Sparta; and she was angry at her husband and some say that he promised to marry her in return for her aid. Although he did not marry Clytaemnaestra, she helped him by telling him to kidnap her only son Orestes, and to threaten to kill him if Achilles would not heal his wound.
When Telephus threatened the young child, Achilles refused, claiming to have no cathartic knowledge. Odysseus, however, reasoned that the spear that had inflicted the wound must be able to heal it. Pieces of the spear were scraped off onto the wound, and Telephus healed. This is an example of sympathetic magic. Afterwards Telephus guided the Achaeans to Troy.
The Achaeans asked Telephus to join them. However, he declined their offer, claiming that he was the stepson of King Priam through his wife (a)Laodice, b) Astoche) and in that way was stepbrother to Paris.
He was one of the men that competed in the games when Paris won and was also one of those that threatened to kill him.
Laodice went with Eurypylus and Telephus to Troy although Telephus did not fight. Laodice sneaked into Acamas' bed and she committed adultery. At the fall of Troy Laodice was sucked into a chasm in the Earth.
He met with Neoptolemus (or Calchas) who gave him a deadly blow in the very same place that Achilles had which had never truly healed.
When he heard that the Trojan princess that he had truly loved (Cassandra was left) he went crazy and made an attack on Arcadia and Ithica but he was defeated in a fight with Telemachus. During that time he killed many including the sons of Aleus and Aleus himself before they died he said: I am the son of Auge.
After that he traveled to Rhodes where he met with Polyxo and Helen. Helen told him of all that had happened after the fall of Troy. He impregnated Helen but she was soon after killed by Polyxo and so she died along with their unborn child.
He plucked out his eyes and fled Rhodes all the way to Gibraltar and climbed to the top of the Pillars of Hercules where he died of grief.
His last words were Father take my soul.
It was said by Pausanias that Heracles took his soul up to Olympos and he became his squire.
Or that he went to the Island of the Blest, Elysian Fields etc. after his death.