The Odyssey--Supernatural Gods, Creatures, Monsters and Obstacles

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Proteus

"The Ancient of the Sea," he has the gift of prophecy and can change his shape

Poseidon

God of the sea; tries to get revenge on Odysseus for the blinding of Polyphemus

Muse

Daughter of Zeus; one of the nine who preside over all literature

Hermes

Messenger of the gods

Athena

Daughter of Zeus; goddess of wisdom; helps both Telemachus and Odysseus

Seirenes

Enchanters of the sea

Skylla

Man-eating monster that lives across from Charybdis in a cave

Kirke

The sorceress who turns Odysseus's men to swine

Kharybdis

A dangerous whirlpool Odysseus must sail by

Aiolos

Master of the winds

Polyphemos

The cyclops Odysseus blinds

Kalypso

The nymph who imprisons Odysseus for 7 years

Laestrygonians

Legendary clan of canibals

Helios

The sun

Lotus Eaters

Legendary people who can live on a plant who's fruit induces stupor and forgetfulness of home

Apollo

God of arts, archery, and music

Ares

God of war

Aphrodite

Goddess of love

Dionysos

God of ecstatic release, esp. associated with wine

Kyklopes

Cannibal clan of one-eyed giants

Zeus

Father of all god and goddesses; god of the heavens

Kikones

People at Ismaros, raided by Odysseus after the Trojan War

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