home of Circe, the enchantress and godess
king of Phaeacia. Odysseus tells the story of his adventures to Alcinous's court.
beautiful nymph goddess who keeps Odysseus on her island for seven years.
female monster who sucks in water three times a day to form a deadly whirpool. (Scholars believe the character is based on a real whirlpool in the Strait of Messina.)
people living on the southwestern coast of Thrace who battled Odysseus and his men into swine.
enchantress and goddess who turns Odysseus's men into swine.
a race of brutish one-eyed giants, they live as shepherds, supposedly on the island now known as Sicily.
dark area of the underworld where the dead reside.
a member of Odysseus's loyal crew.
people who feed Odysseus's men lotus plants to make them forget Ithaca, their home.
island kingdom ruled by King Alcinous. The Phaeacians are shipbuilders and traders.
a cyclops, son of the sea god Poseidon and blinded by Odysseus.
a female monster withsix serpent heads, each head having a triple row of fangs. (Scholars believe this character is based on a dangerous rock in the Strait of Messina.)
sea nymphs whose beautiful and mysterious music lures sailors to steer their ships toward dangerous rocks.
famous blind prophet from the city of Thebes. Odysseus meets him in the Land of the Dead.
island where the sun god Helios keeps his cattle.
god of poetry, music, prophecy, medicine, and archery.
favorite daughter of Zeus;the great goddess of wisdom as well as war and peace. She favored the Greeks during the Trojan War. She is often called Pallas Athena.
Titan (giant god) who ruled the universe until his son Zues overthrew him.
god of metal working.
god of the sea;brother of Zeus. Poseidon is called Earth Shaker because he is believed to cause earthquakes. He is an enemy of Odysseus.
the most powerful god. His home is on Olympus.