Palamedes was by legend a student of the centaur, Chiron. In any event, his stories were tied to events connected to the Trojan War. By some accounts he participated in a diplomatic mission to Troy seeking a peace settlement. He also forced Odysseus to fulfill his military obligations (Odysseus would later get revenge resulting in Palamades' death) and he engaged in searching for Achilles when he hid on Scyros.
During the campaign against Troy a number of feats
were attributed to him. He is said to have raised the soldiers' morale when
they were alarmed by an eclipse and to have foreseen the arrival in camp
of a wolf (an animal associated with the god
Apollo). Finally, Palamedes was famous for a variety of creations including
the order of the alphabet, numbers, various games, and coinage.