Main Character of the Odyssey, King of Ithaca, hero of the Trojan war.
Odysseus' wife - mother of Telemachus. Smart and pretty - she holds off suitors.
Son of Odysseus and Penelope. Leaves home to look for his dad.
Home of Odysseus and Penelope. An island in Greece.
Goddess who keeps Odysseus captive for 7 years, lives on the island of Ogygia.
A lesser sea goddess who rescues Odysseus from the storm with her magic scarf/veil
Princess of the Phaeacians - she finds Odysseus and helps him out, then takes him to meet her parents.
Land where Nausicaa and her parents rule - they hear Odysseus' story and help him get home.
god of the sky, ruler of gods and mortals. He lives on Olympus.
god of the sea - angry at Odysseus for blinding his son (the Cyclops Polyphemus)
daughter of Zeus, goddess of wisdom and battle. She wants to help Odysseus get home.
The story of the Battle of Troy - fought between Troy and Sparta. Odysseus comes up with the idea to make the wooden horse.
The first place Odysseus and his men land - they sack/loot the place, but then stay too long and have to fight.
These people are friendly, but their "magic" lotus flowers make you forget everything and want to stay. Odysseus forces his men to leave.
A people who don't have any laws, ships, real cities. They are mostly shepherds.
A Cyclopes. Odysseus and his men sneak into his cave and want to steal from him. When he returns, he holds them captive and eats several of them. They escape by blinding him and riding out under his sheep.
a race of cannibals, eat the Greeks. Only the men on Odysseus' ship and himself survive.
The beautiful witch-goddess who transforms Odysseus's crew into pigs when he lands on her island. With Hermes' help, Odysseus resists her powers and then stays there for a year.
Blind poet who "wrote" the Iliad and Odyssey
long poem that tells about legendary or heroic deeds - usually lots of characters and places.
in media res
a piece of writing that begins in the middle of the action. The main story is often told in "flashbacks" or someone recalling what has happened to them.
a word or phrase that describes or characterizes a person or thing; a descriptive name
comrade of Odysseus on yhe voyage home from Troy; one who told Odysseus that their comrades were turned into swine by Circe; also provoked men to eat Helios' cattle
Land of the Dead
The afterlife. Where Ulysses must travel to receive counsel from ghosts. Where Hades rules.
famous blind prophet from the city of Thebes. Odysseus meets him in the Land of the Dead
sea nymphs who lured sailors to destruction with their songs. Odysseus plugs his crew's ears with wax. He is tied to his ship so he can listen.
a female monster with six heads and 12 legs who devours passing sailors - she eats 6 of Odysseus' men.
female monster who sucks in water three times a day to form a deadly whirlpool
leader among the suitors for Penelope's hand - he dies first
Messenger of the gods, helps Odysseus out with Circe
The face that launched a thousand ships: her love for Paris caused the Trojan War
The Trojan Prince who fell in love with Helen and caused the Trojan War