"Yet I tell you great Odysseus is not dead. He’s still alive,
somewhere in this wide world, held captive, out at sea
on a wave-washed island, and hard men, savages,
somehow hold him back against his will."
The Odyssey, Book 1, lines 228-231. Athena tells Telemachus that Odysseus is alive and being held captive on a faraway island. Book 1 of The Odyssey is titled "Athena inspires the prince" and that is what the goddess is attempting to do.