The word „mentor” comes from Greek mythology. Odysseus, leaving for the Trojan war, entrusted Mentor with the care of his wife Penelope, his son Telemach, his home and all his property. When Telemach left to search for his father, the goddess Athena played the role of Mentor accompanying the young warrior.
Mythology therefore strengthens the good guardian syndrome, where we will not hesitate to entrust to people, their affairs and most valuable things in life. At the moment when the son follows his father, the mentor becomes the embodiment of the guardian deity, a kind of guide.
The concept of a mentor, as a senior experienced teacher, whose knowledge can be drawn by young people, was popularized in France in the seventeenth century by François Fénelon in the song “Les Aventures de Telemaque, fils d’Ulysse”.