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Odysseus

Protagonist, husband of Penelope, father of Telemachus, favorite of Athena, enemy of Poseidon

Telemachus

son of Odysseus

Penelope

mother of Telemachus, wife of Odysseus,

Athena

daughter of Zeus, goddess of wisdom, purposeful battle, and womanly arts, appears as Mentor to Odysseus

Poseidon

god of the seas, father of Polyphemus, patron of the Phaeacians

Zeus

king of gods and men, father of Athena

Antinous

most arrogant of the suitors

Eurymachus

manipulative, deceitful suitor

Amphinomus

the only decent suitor

Eumaeus

the loyal shepherd who helps Odysseus reclaim his throne.

Eurycleia

nurse who raised Odysseus as a child, keeps Odysseus's identity a secret after he returns.

Melanthius

brother of Melantho, treacherous goatherd who abuses Odysseus without realizing who he his.

Melantho

sister of Melanthius, having a affair with Eurymachus, and abuses Odysseus

Calypso

beautiful nymph who keeps Odysseus on her island

Polyphemus

tremendous cyclops who imprisons Odysseus, son of Poseidon

Circe

witch-goddess who transforms Odysseus and his men into swines.

Laertes

Odysseus's aging father.

Tireseis

blind prophet who inhabits the underworld

Nestor

King of Pylos, former warior

Menelaus

king of Sparta, brother of Agamemnon, husband of Helen

Helen

wife of Menelaus, queen of Sparta

Agamemnon

former king of Mycenae, brother of Menelaus, murdered by his wife, Clytemnestra, and her lover, Aegisthus, later avenged by his son, Orestes

Nausicaa

daughter of king Alcinous and Queen Arete, discovers Odysseus on the beach

Alcinous

king of the Phaeacians, husband of Arete, father of Nausicaa

Arete

queen of the Phaeacians, wife of Alcinous, mother of Nausicaa

Achilles

son of Peleus and Thetis, most powerful warrior in The Iliad, from Phthia, upset at Agamemnon for taking Briseis from the Trojans

Patroclus

Achilles's best friend

Diomedes

youngest of the Achaens, inspired by Athena after Achilles falls.

Ajax

Best warrior after Achilles, son of Telamon

Little Ajax

son of Oileus

Idomeneus

King of Crete

Machaon

healer, wounded by Paris

Calchus

an important soothsayer

Peleus

Achilles's father, grandson of Zeus

Priam

king of Troy, husband of Hecuba, father of Hector and Paris

Hector

mightiest warrior of the Trojans, son of Priam and Hecuba

Hecuba

queen of Troy, wife of Priam, mother of Hector and Paris

Paris

brother of Hector, son of Priam and Hecuba, steals Helen

Aeneus

son of Aphrodite, Trojan nobleman

Andromache

Hector's wife

Astayanax

Hector and Andromache's son

Polydamas

young Trojan commander, foil to Hector

Glaucus

powerful Trojan warrior, nearly fights a duel with Diomedes

Agenor

Trojan warrior who attempts to fight Achilles

Dolon

Trojan spy

Pandarus

Trojan archer, wounds Menelaus

Antenor

advisor to King Prium

Sarpedon

son of Zeus

Chryseis

daughter of Chryses

Briseis

war prize for Agamemnon

Chryses

priest of Apollo

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