Best Greek fighter. Leader of the Myrmidons. Dragged hector's body behind the chariot. Killed by Paris with an arrow through the heel.
God of the winds. Helped Odysseus originally with a bag of wind, but refused to help a second time.
Clytmnestra's husband. Killed by her after Trojan War.
King of Salamis. Took part and was killed in the Trojan War.
King of Phaecia. Told Odysseus about the prophecy/warning about Phaecia and helping strangers, yet helped him anyway.
Penelope's favorite suitor. Didn't listen to Odysseus's warning-Athena had doomed him to die.
Odysseus's mother who we first met in Hades.
Evil suitor. One of the leaders. First killed by an arrow though the neck from Odysseus.
Married to Hephaestus, cheated on him with Ares.
Queen of Phaecia
Odysseus's loyal dog. Died when he returned
Goddess of wisdom, Symbols: owl, weaving, Aegis. (epithet: gray-eyed)
Minor goddess/nymph. Odysseus stayed on Ogygia Island with her for 7 years
A tribe that fought off Odysseus and his men.
Witch. Odysseus stayed with her for a year, she turned his men into pigs.
Wife of Agamemnon. Killed him when he returned from battle (technically not in Odyssey)
Odysseus's comrade who got drunk at Circe's and fell off a roof. Asked Odysseus for a proper burial of his body in Hades, and Odysseus returned to give it to him.
The loyal shepherd who, along with the cowherd Philoetius, helps Odysseus reclaim his throne after his return to Ithaca. Even though he does not know that the vagabond who appears at his hut is Odysseus, he gives the man food and shelter.
Odysseus's and Telemachus's nurse. Faithful servant.
Another evil suitor
(technically not in the Odyssey) son of Priam. Best Trojan fighter, killed by Achilles because he killed Patroclus.
(technically not in the Odyssey) queen of Troy
Wife of Menelaus and queen of Sparta. Her abduction from Sparta by the Trojans sparked the Trojan War. Her beauty is without parallel, but she is criticized for giving in to her Trojan captors and thereby costing many Greek men their lives. She offers Telemachus assistance in his quest to find his father.
Trapped his wife, Aphrodite in a bed with her lover, Ares, for all the Gods to see.
Messenger god. Giant killer. Gave moly to Odysseus so he could withstand Circe's spell.
Gives Odysseus a scarf that keeps him afloat after a storm wrecks his boat.
Sacrificed by her father, Agamemnon.
Beggar king who gets beaten to a pulp by Odysseus.
A tribe of giant cannibals who destroyed everyone of Odysseus's ships except for his own.
A minor prophet who predicted Odysseus's homecoming and was killed by him in the slaughter in the halls.
A race of people who's fruit and vegetables seemed to cause peace, leading to Odysseus's men wanting to stay with them on the island. Odysseus, however, forced his men to continue on their long, treacherous, journey.
The goatherd. Evil, helps the suitors and gets horrible revenge from Odysseus.
Bad maid. Slept with Eurymachus
King of Sparta, brother of Agamemnon, and husband of Helen, he helped lead the Greeks in the Trojan War. He offers Telemachus assistance in his quest to find Odysseus when Telemachus visits him in Book 4.
The beautiful daughter of King Alcinous and Queen Arete of the Phaeacians. She discovers Odysseus on the beach at Scheria and, out of budding affection for him, ensures his warm reception at her parents' palace.
King of Pylos and a former warrior in the Trojan War. Like Odysseus, he is known as a clever speaker. Telemachus visits him in Book 3 to ask about his father, but he knows little of Odysseus's whereabouts.
Main character (protagonist) Father of Telemachus, husband of Penelope, king of Ithaca. Smart, cunning, favored of Athena.
(technically not in Odyssey) son of Agamemnon and revenged his dad's death.
Achilles best friend, Achilles killed Hector because of Hector's murder of Patroclus.
Queen of Ithaca, wife of Odysseus, mother of Telemachus, clever, cunning, has many suitors.
Odysseus's cowherd, helps Odysseus fight in the slaughter in the halls.
Became a friend of Telemachus's on his voyage to find his father, Odysseus.
One of the Cyclops (uncivilized one-eyed giants) whose island Odysseus comes to soon after leaving Troy. He imprisons Odysseus and his crew and tries to eat them, but Odysseus blinds him through a clever ruse and manages to escape. In doing so, however, Odysseus angers his father, Poseidon.
God of the sea, Symbols: trident, horses, father of Polyphemus.
King of Troy (technically not in the Odyssey) father of Paris and Hector.
Six-headed monster who lives in the side of the cliff-across from Charybdis.
Women who coerced men to come with them by their enchanting songs. Odysseus's men blocked up their ears so they couldn't hear, but Odysseus was tied to the mast and forced himself to listen, but was obviously unable to leave.
Son of Odysseus and Penelope, prince of Ithaca, protagonist of the Telemachia (his coming of age in the Odyssey)
Telemachus's prophet. He tells Penelope that Odysseus is already on Ithaca.
Blind prophet in Hades. Tells Odysseus about Helios's island and how to get home.
God of gods. Symbols: lightning bolt