The Odyssey: Important People and Places

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Achilles

Greek hero, mightiest fighter at Troy

Aeaea

Circe's island

Aeolia

Home of the god of the winds

Aeolus

God of the winds

Agamemnon

Leader of Greeks against Trojans; Murdered by wife Clytemnestra

Agelaus

Suitor

Ajax

Greek warrior; enemy of Odysseus; fights Odysseus for Achilles armor, loses, goes crazy, and kills himself

Alcinous

King of the Phaeacians

Amphinomus

Suitor

Antinous

Suitor

Arete

Wife of Alcinous

Athena

Goddess of wisdom, friend to Odysseus

Calypso

Goddess who kept Odysseus captive for 8 years

Charybdis

Whirlpool

Circe

Sorceress who turned Odysseus's men into pigs

Clytemnestra

Wife of Agamemnon

Cyclops

One-eyed giant

Elpenor

Fell from the roof and died. Greeted Odysseus in the land of the dead

Eumaeus

Faithful Swineherd

Eurycleia

Nurse

Eurymachus

Suitor

Hades

God of the dead; also land of the dead

Helen

Wife of Menelaus

Hermes

messenger of the gods

Ino

a goddess of the sea, who pitied Odysseus in the storm

Ithaca

Home of Odysseus

Laertes

father of Odysseus

Laestrygonians

Giant cannibals

Lotus-eaters

Eaters of flowers, who forgot the past

Menelaus

Greek hero, brother of Agamemnon

Melanthius

Treacherous goatherd in league with the suitors

Nausicaa

Daughter of Alcinous

Ogygia

Island of Calypso

Olympus

Home of the gods

Penelope

Wife of Odysseus

Persephone

Goddess of the dead

Phaeacians

Men who carried Odysseus to Ithaca

Philoetius

Faithful Herdsman

Polyphemus

one of the cyclopes

Poseidon

god of the sea, enemy of Odysseus

Scylla

Six-headed monster

Sirens

Beautiful singers, whose voices lead men to their deaths

Sisyphus

Giant among the dead

Sparta

Part of Greece

Telemachus

Son of Odysseus

Tiresias

Blind seer, whose spirit prophesied the return of Odysseus

The Wanderers

Clashing rocks

Trinacria

Island of the cattle of the Sun

Troy

Scene of the war

Zeus

Ruler of the gods and men

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