Having mocked his roommate's "absurd name, an ancient Greek," the man previously known as "Buck" says ingratiatingly, "My name is absurd too: Malachi Mulligan, two dactyls." The resonances in this name may not be quite as numerous as those of Stephen Dedalus, but they evoke ancient Irish leaders (at least fleetingly), an ancient Hebrew prophet (in a false, mocking way), and Greek epic poetry. Later details in Telemachus fold Roman mythology into the mix.

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Orthodox icon of the Prophet Malachia. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

The Flying Mercury, by Giovanni da Bologna, 1580. Source:,