The Odyssey Character List

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A brief set of descriptions on characters in The Odyssey

Odysseus

Endures a long journey from Troy to Ithaca; protagonist

Telemachus

Tries to rescue his mother from the suitors in Ithaca

Penelope

Wife of Odysseus, Mother of Telemachus

Athena

Daughter of Zeus; goddess of wisdom; helps both Telemachus and Odysseus

Zeus

Father of all gods and goddesses; god of the heavens

Poseidon

God of the sea; tries to get revenge on Odysseus for the blinding of Polyphemus

Antinous

Leader of the suitors

Eurymachus

Shows influence over other suitors

Amphinomus

Only decent suitor wanting to marry Penelope

Eumaeus

The shepard who helps Odysseus

Calypso

The nymph who imprisons Odysseus for 7 years

Polyphemus

The cyclops Odysseus blinds

Circe

The sorceress who turns Odysseus's men to swine

Laertes

Odysseus's father

Tiresias

Theban prophet in the Underworld

Nestor

King of Pylos who gives Odysseus the bag of winds

Menelaus

King of Sparta, brother of Agamemnon, husband of Helen

Agamemnon

Former king of Mycene, killed by Clytemnestra

Helen

Wife of Menelaus, Queen of Sparta

Nausicaa

Daughter of King Alcinous, finds Odysseus and takes him in

Alcinous

King of Phaeacians who offers Odysseus hospitality

Arete

Queen of Phaeacians

Eurycleia

Loyal servant to Penelope

Achea

Mainland Greece

Acheans

Greek people

Achilles

Immortal man, vulnerable only in his achillies region

Aeaea

Island home of Circe

Aeolia

Island ruled by Aeolus

Aeolus

Master of the winds

Ajax

Defeated by Odysseus in a contest for Achillies armor

Aphrodite

Goddess of love

Apollo

God of arts, archery and music

Ares

God of war

Argives

Alternate name for the Acheans

Argos

General region of the Acheans

Artemis

Goddess of childbirth and hunting

Atlas

The Titan who holds the world upon his shoulders

Atrides

"Son of Atreus"

Cassandra

Lover of Agamemnon

Charybdis

Monster in the form of a giant whirlpool

Clashing Rocks

Legendary rocks near Scylla and Charybdis

Cronus

Titan; son of Uranus; Father of Zeus, Hades, Poseidon, Hera, Demeter

Cyclops

Cannibal clan of one-eyed giants

Demeter

Goddess of crops

Demodocus

Blind singer of the Phaeacians

Dionysus

God of ecstatic release, esp. associated with wine

Elpenor

Companion of Odysseus who was given a proper burial

Elysian Fields

Home of the fortunate in the Underworld

Helios

The sun

Hephaestus

God of fire and craftsmanship

Heracles (Hercules)

Son of Zeus; hero of the Labors

Laestrygonians

Legendary clan of cannibals

Lotus-Eaters

Legendary people who live on a plant who's fruit induces stupor and forgetfulness of home

Mentor

Impersonation name taken by Athena

Muse

Daughter of Zeus; one of the nine who preside over all literature

Mycene

Agamemnon's capital

Olympus

Home to the Gods and Goddesses (except for Hades)

Pallas

Epithet of Athena

Orestes

Son of Agamemnon; avenger of his father

Persephone

Goddess of the Underworld

Phoebus

Epithet of Apollo

Priam

King of Troy

Scylla

Man eating monster that lives across from Charybdis in a cave

Sirens

Enchanters of the sea

Sparta

Capital city of Lacedaemon

Styx

River in the Underworld by which the Gods swear binding oaths

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