Oedipus' daughter; hangs self when buried in cave because she buried her brother's corpse.
Daughter of Oepipus, sister of Antigone, very logical, sticks to the rules.
Rules Thebes with a stubborn blindness that is similar to Oedipus's rule. He is bossy and bureaucratic, intent on asserting his own authority.
Antigone's fiance, Creon's son.
character or group of people who, as developed in Greek drama, functions as a narrator offering commentary on the play's plot and themes.
Brings Creon the bad news regarding the burial of Polyneices.
Creon's kind, knitting wife whose only function, as the Chorus declares, is to knit in her room until it is her time to die. Her suicide is Creon's last punishment, leaving him entirely alone.
After both sons were killed, creon declared eteocles a hero and polynices a traitor.
Antigone's brother that died in battle and recieved a hero's burial.
father of Ismene, Polynecies, Eteocles, and Antigone. Husband and son of Jocasta!
(Greek mythology) queen of Thebes who unknowingly married her own son Oedipus
famous blind prophet from the city of Thebes.
(main character) Son of Laertes and Anticleia, husband of Penelope and father of Telemachus. A cunning, shrewd and eloquent hero. Came up with the idea of the Trojan horse which led the Greeks to victory against Troy. "Man of many wiles".
odysseus' son. an infant when odysseus left for troy, telemachos is about twenty at the beginning of the story. he is a natural obstacle to the suitors despaerately courting his mother, but despite his courage and good heart, he intially lacks the poise and confidence to oppose them. his maturation, especially during his trip to pylos and sparta in books 3 and 4, provides a sublot to the epic. athene oftens assists him.
(Greek mythology) the wife of Odysseus and a symbol of devotion and fidelity
Live in Odysseus's house and want to marry Penelope
Daughter of Zeus and goddess of wisdom, purposeful battle, and the womanly arts. Assists Odysseus and Telemachus with divine powers throughout the epic, and she speaks up for them in the councils of the gods on Mount Olympus. She often appears in disguise as Mentor, an old friend of Odysseus.
Known as the messenger God , and helps Odysseus by giving him a moly to resist Circe's magic.
God of the sea. As the suitors are Odysseus's mortal antagonists, he is Odysseus's divine antagonist. He despises Odysseus for blinding his son, the Cyclops Polyphemus, and constantly hampers his journey home. Ironically, Poseidon is the patron of the seafaring Phaeacians, who ultimately help to return Odysseus to Ithaca.
King of gods and men, who mediates the disputes of the gods on Mount Olympus. He is occasionally depicted as weighing men's fates in his scales. He sometimes helps Odysseus or permits Athena to do the same.
The lord of the Winds; Odysseus spent a month on the island of Aeolia as the guest of Aeolus; finally Aeolus gave Odysseus a favorable wind to get him home but members of his crew disobeyed Aeolus' instructions and they were blown back to Aeolia; Aeolus refused to assist them a second time.
Tells Odysseus that Circe turned the men to Swine. Symbol of the crew (distrust, fear, disobedience). Odysseus doesn't eat the meat of Helios' cattle that this man says they should sacrifice.
The beautiful witch-goddess who transforms Odysseus's crew into swine when he lands on her island. With Hermes' help, Odysseus resists Circe's powers and then becomes her lover, living in luxury at her side for a year.
The beautiful nymph who falls in love with Odysseus when he lands on her island-home of Ogygia. Calypso holds him prisoner there for seven years until Hermes, the messenger god, persuades her to let him go.
The Cyclops who has his eye stabbed by Odysseus; son of Poseidon
(Greek mythology) the father of Odysseus, represents faithfulness
Odysseus' kind, noble, and loyal swineherd, offered hospitality even though he was poor
Feed Odysseus and his men the lotos plant that makes them forget about home
6-headed monster who eats six of Odysseus' men
(Greek mythology) a ship-devouring whirlpool lying on the other side of a narrow strait from Scylla
the old nurse of Odysseus and Telemachus, attendant of Penelope; faithful to Odysseus
The creatures that attempted to lure Odysseus into the rocks with their song
Odysseus' loyal dog who waits for his return. Once Odysseus does return, this dog is found lying on a heap of dung and dies from excitement.
Sun god, Odysseus' crew ate his cattle and were all granted with death.
One of Penelope's suitors; insults Odsseus and throws a stool at him
the most arrogant of penelope's suitors. antinoos leads the compaign to have telemachos killed. unlike the other suitors, he is never portrayed sympathetically, and he is the first to die when odysseus returns
King of the Phanecians who offers Odysseus hospitality in Scheria. Provides ships and crew for return
famous blind prophet from the city of Thebes. Odysseus meets him in the Land of the Dead