Odyssey Characters

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Colvin Exam 2012

Zeus

father of the god and all men

Odysseus

wise king of Ithaca

Ithaca

Odysseus' kingdom

Poseidon

sea god who hates Odysseus for poking his son's eye out

Laertes

father of Odysseus

Anticlea

mother of Odysseus

Ogygia

Calypso's Island

Calypso

sorceress of Ogygia

Skheria

Phaecian island

Nausikaa

princess of Skheria who finds Odysseus and gives him clothing

Demodocus

minstrel who makes Odysseus cry when he sings the song about Odysseus and Achilles

Alcinous

son of Nausithoos, king of Skheria who listens to Odysseus' story and gives him a ship to travel home

Kikones

people of Ismaros whom Odysseus and his men attack and enslave the women of

Polyphemus

cyclops son of Poseidon who Odysseus pokes the eye out of

Nobody

trick name that Odysseus uses to make Polyphemus look stupid

Aeolia

island of Aeolus

Aeolus

wind god who gives Odysseus the 3 winds and tells him not to open the bag

Laistrygonians

horrible human eating giants of Lamos

Aiaia

island of Circe

Circe

witch of Aiaia who directs Odysseus into the underworld

molu

herb that Odysseus eats in order to resist Circe's charm

Elpenor

Odysseus' soldier who dies falling off the roof out of drunkness

Autolykos

father of Anticlea who Odysseus sees in the Underworld

Amphithea

mother of Anticlea, grandmother of Odysseus

Ghost of Agamemnon

former king of Mycenae and wife of Clytemnestra;murdered by Aegisthus; Odysseus sees him in the Underworld and reminds him how long he's been gone from home

Ghost of Achilles

tells Odysseus that he should get home as fast as possible because he's been gone such a long time

Neoptolemus

son of Achilles

Sirens

irresistible singers

Charybdis

twin monster that creates a whirlpool

Skylla

twin monster that swallows all the water, then barfs it up

Thrinakia

island of helios and immortal herds

Immortal Cattle of Helios

on Thrinakia; Odysseus and his men attack it and steal these against his wishes

Helios

son god

Eurylokhos

convinces Odysseus' men that it's a good idea to raid the Immortal Herd

Athena

patron goddess of wisdom for Odysseus

Telemachus

son of Odysseus

Penelope

wife of Odysseus

Iros

mean beggar who fights Odysseus

Aegisthus

killed by Orestes; stole Clytemnestra, killed Agamemnon when he got back from war

Orestes

Agamemnon's son

Clytemnestra

wife of Agamemnon, Helen's sister, plotted her husband's death->killed by her son Orestes when he avenged his father's death

Hermes

messenger of the gods who warns Odysseus about the molu

Mentes

Athena's disguise

Argive

another name for Greek soldiers at Troy

Thoosa

fooled around with Poseidon, daughter of Phorkys

Phorkys

offshore sea lord

Phemius

Odysseus' household minstrel

Antinous

lead suitor who blames Penelope for failure of kingdom, chucks chair at beggar Odysseus

Eurymachus

other lead suitor (E)

Eurykleia

nurse of Telemachus, recognizes Odysseus' scar

Aigyptios

lord of Ithaca at Telemachus' meeting

Icarius

Penelope's father

Halithereses

son of Mastor who says that Odysseus will return home soon by the sign of the eagles

Peisistratus

son of Nestor who travels with Telemachus to Menelaus

Polykaste

Nestor's youngest child who baths Tleemachus

Menelaus

ginger king of Sparta

Nestor

king of Pylos, son of Neleus, has a ritual sacrifice to the gods

Pylos

Nestor's successful kingdom because he makes sacrifice to the gods

Diomedes

Greek champion of Argos

Hermione

daughter of Menelaus and Helen

Artemis

virgin goddess

Helen

immediately recognizes Telemachus as a son of Odysseus when he arrives in Sparta

Deiphobus

trojan prince who is the husband to Helen after Paris is killed in war

Antiklos

Greek warrior who talked in the horse

Eidothea

daughter of Proteus who explained to Odysseus how to trick her father to get information about which god he offended so he can get home

Proteus

ancient man of the sea who shape shifts

Iphthime

daughter of Icarius (Penelope's sister) who was sent to Penelope in her dreams to help her cope with the leaving of Odysseus and Telemachus

Megapenthes

son of Menelaus who provides as contrast with Telemachus

Ino (Leokothea)

nereid who tells Odysseus that Poseidon won't kill him, helps Odysseus not suffer anymore with the veil that he must toss far away when he reaches land

Queen Arete

Queen of Skheria, mother of Nausikaa

Nausithoos

father of King Alcinous, son of Poseidon and Periboia

Laodamas

prince on Skheria, asks Odysseus if he'd liek to join their competetions

Seareach

wrestling champion of Skheria who insults Odysseus, but apologizes

Ares

god of war

Aphrodite

goddess of sex

King Antiphates

king of Lamos

Persephone

queen of the Underworld, Odysseus must pass her to see Teiresias

Teiresias

blind dead cursed prophet of the Underworld who advises Odysseus how to get home

Eumaios

Odysseus' loyal swineherd

Theoklymenos

crazy criminal who begs Telemachus to let him tag along

Amphinomos

good suitor

Melanthios

mean shepard who is harshly killed by Odysseus

Melantho

raised by Penelope, but has no respect for her, sleeps with Eurymachus

Philotios

cattle foreman who welcomes beggar Odysseus graciously

Ktessipos

suitor who chucks the cow's foot at beggar Odysseus

Agelaos

suitor is unwilling to go as far as the rest, discourages fighting

Leodes

begs Odysseus for his life, claims to take no part in the suitor's games, killed by Odysseus in the end

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