Important Characters of The Odyssey

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Odysseus

Hero who is strong, smart and courageous

Penelope

Odysseus' faithful wife

Telemachus

Odysseus' and Penelope's son

Laertes

Odysseus' father

Anticleia

Odysseus' mother

Agamemnon

King
commander of the Greek forces against Troy

Alcinous

King of Phaecians

Zeus

King of the gods
father of Athena

Athena

Goddess of wisdom
helps Odysseus often while in disguise

Polyphemus

One Eye Monster Cyclops
Son of Poseidon

Poseidon

God of the sea
father of Polyphemus

Aeolus

Master of the winds
Helps Odysseus get within viewing distance of Ithica

Circe

goddess-enchantress who turns some of Odysseus' men into swine (pigs)

Calypso

goddess-nymph
holds Odysseus captive for 9 years

Sirens

three dangerous bird-women
lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island

Scylla/Charybdis

Scyllla is the monster who lives the rocks next Charybdisbdis
Monster of the gray rock)

Charybdis a whirlpool that sucks down everything around and then vomits it back up.

Muses

The Nine Muses of the Greek Mythology were/are symbols of inspiration and artistic creation.
Homer asks the Muses both in the Iliad and Odyssey to help him tell the story in the most proper way.
Daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyn

Trojan Horse

A huge, hollow wooden horse constructed by the Greeks to gain entrance into Troy during the Trojan War.
made hollow so that the Greeks could hide inside.

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