The Odyssey Characters-H. english

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Agamemnon

king and leader of Greek forces in Trojan War

Aias

Person that Poseidon punished for being arrogant

Amphinomis

the only good hearted suitor, but is killed anyways

Antinous

leader among the suitors

Athena

goddess of wisdom, skills, and warfare; helps Odysseus on his journey

Charybdis

2nd monster, whirlpool, sucks in and then spits out

Eumaios

Loyal shepherd that keeps Odysseus being the beggar a secret, helps kill the suitors

Eurykleia

The loyal servant that helped raise Odysseus and Telemakhos, keeps Odysseus being the beggar a secret, is glad when the suitors are killed, tells Odysseus what women betrayed him

Eurylokhos

Odysseus' second in command, person that convinced the crewmembers to eat Helios' cattle

Eurymachus

leader among the suitors

Helen

Menelaus' wife, Treaty of Paris

Hermes

herald and messenger of the gods; son of Zeus; delivered the message that Odysseus was to be let go

Ino

the nymph that saw Odysseus drowning and saved him & gave him her shawl; Kadmos' daughter

Kalypso

sea goddess who held Odysseus hostage

Kirke

Queen of Aiaia, turned Odysseus' men into pigs, but then helped Odysseus

Laertes

Odysseus' father

Melanthios

brother of Melantho, goatherd that insults and kicks Odysseus as the beggar, goes into storeroom and arms suitors, tortured as a result.

Melantho

sister of Melanthios, betrayed Penelope and Odysseus, slept with suitors

Menelaus

"red haired King"; king of Sparta

Nausikaa

the godlike daughter of Alkinoos; feminine ideal of young women; bold, brave; very beautiful; flirts w/Odysseus and hints that he would make a good husband

Nestor

King of Pylos

Odysseus

King of Ithaca; son of Laertes

Penelope

Odysseus' wife

Pesistratos

Son of Nestor; takes Telemachus on his journey to look for Odysseus

Philoitios

loyal cowherd, fought with Odysseus to kill the suitors

Polyphemos

Cyclops that Odysseus tricks and blinds

Poseidon

god of the sea and earthquakes; holds grudge against Odysseus

Proteus

sea god, The Ancient; his daughter helped Menelaus trap him

Scylla

1st of 2 monsters, 6 headed, eats 6 men from ship

Telemachus

Odysseus and Penelope's son; being tracked by the suitors on his journey for information on Odysseus

Theoklymenos

guy that caught a ride with Telemakhos on his boat because he killed one of his cousins, says eagles mean that Telemakhos' family will rule forever

Tiresias

blind prophet from Hades that Odysseus wants to talk to

Zeus

king of the gods

1992

All the pretty horses was written in

bildungsroman

coming of age

vernacular

language commonly spoken by people of a particular country or period

Telemachus 3 part plan

call an assembly
get ship and make a voyage
act upon what you know

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