Eurymachus was the son of Polybus, a nobleman from Ithaca. He was the most favoured of the suitors of Penelope, Odysseus' wife, and was the second to be killed by Odysseus on his return. His name means 'wide fighter', from eurys, 'wide' (yet again) and mache, 'fight', 'battle'. His final battle with Odysseus is described in gory detail by Homer in the Odyssey.