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Odyssey Characters

Colvin Exam 2012
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Zeus
father of the god and all men
Odysseus
wise king of Ithaca
Ithaca
Odysseus' kingdom
Poseidon
sea god who hates Odysseus for poking his son's eye out
Laertes
father of Odysseus
Anticlea
mother of Odysseus
Ogygia
Calypso's Island
Calypso
sorceress of Ogygia
Skheria
Phaecian island
Nausikaa
princess of Skheria who finds Odysseus and gives him clothing
Demodocus
minstrel who makes Odysseus cry when he sings the song about Odysseus and Achilles
Alcinous
son of Nausithoos, king of Skheria who listens to Odysseus' story and gives him a ship to travel home
Kikones
people of Ismaros whom Odysseus and his men attack and enslave the women of
Polyphemus
cyclops son of Poseidon who Odysseus pokes the eye out of
Nobody
trick name that Odysseus uses to make Polyphemus look stupid
Aeolia
island of Aeolus
Aeolus
wind god who gives Odysseus the 3 winds and tells him not to open the bag
Laistrygonians
horrible human eating giants of Lamos
Aiaia
island of Circe
Circe
witch of Aiaia who directs Odysseus into the underworld
molu
herb that Odysseus eats in order to resist Circe's charm
Elpenor
Odysseus' soldier who dies falling off the roof out of drunkness
Autolykos
father of Anticlea who Odysseus sees in the Underworld
Amphithea
mother of Anticlea, grandmother of Odysseus
Ghost of Agamemnon
former king of Mycenae and wife of Clytemnestra;murdered by Aegisthus; Odysseus sees him in the Underworld and reminds him how long he's been gone from home
Ghost of Achilles
tells Odysseus that he should get home as fast as possible because he's been gone such a long time
Neoptolemus
son of Achilles
Sirens
irresistible singers
Charybdis
twin monster that creates a whirlpool
Skylla
twin monster that swallows all the water, then barfs it up
Thrinakia
island of helios and immortal herds
Immortal Cattle of Helios
on Thrinakia; Odysseus and his men attack it and steal these against his wishes
Helios
son god
Eurylokhos
convinces Odysseus' men that it's a good idea to raid the Immortal Herd
Athena
patron goddess of wisdom for Odysseus
Telemachus
son of Odysseus
Penelope
wife of Odysseus
Iros
mean beggar who fights Odysseus
Aegisthus
killed by Orestes; stole Clytemnestra, killed Agamemnon when he got back from war
Orestes
Agamemnon's son
Clytemnestra
wife of Agamemnon, Helen's sister, plotted her husband's death->killed by her son Orestes when he avenged his father's death
Hermes
messenger of the gods who warns Odysseus about the molu
Mentes
Athena's disguise
Argive
another name for Greek soldiers at Troy
Thoosa
fooled around with Poseidon, daughter of Phorkys
Phorkys
offshore sea lord
Phemius
Odysseus' household minstrel
Antinous
lead suitor who blames Penelope for failure of kingdom, chucks chair at beggar Odysseus
Eurymachus
other lead suitor (E)
Eurykleia
nurse of Telemachus, recognizes Odysseus' scar
Aigyptios
lord of Ithaca at Telemachus' meeting
Icarius
Penelope's father
Halithereses
son of Mastor who says that Odysseus will return home soon by the sign of the eagles
Peisistratus
son of Nestor who travels with Telemachus to Menelaus
Polykaste
Nestor's youngest child who baths Tleemachus
Menelaus
ginger king of Sparta
Nestor
king of Pylos, son of Neleus, has a ritual sacrifice to the gods
Pylos
Nestor's successful kingdom because he makes sacrifice to the gods
Diomedes
Greek champion of Argos
Hermione
daughter of Menelaus and Helen
Artemis
virgin goddess
Helen
immediately recognizes Telemachus as a son of Odysseus when he arrives in Sparta
Deiphobus
trojan prince who is the husband to Helen after Paris is killed in war
Antiklos
Greek warrior who talked in the horse
Eidothea
daughter of Proteus who explained to Odysseus how to trick her father to get information about which god he offended so he can get home
Proteus
ancient man of the sea who shape shifts
Iphthime
daughter of Icarius (Penelope's sister) who was sent to Penelope in her dreams to help her cope with the leaving of Odysseus and Telemachus
Megapenthes
son of Menelaus who provides as contrast with Telemachus
Ino (Leokothea)
nereid who tells Odysseus that Poseidon won't kill him, helps Odysseus not suffer anymore with the veil that he must toss far away when he reaches land
Queen Arete
Queen of Skheria, mother of Nausikaa
Nausithoos
father of King Alcinous, son of Poseidon and Periboia
Laodamas
prince on Skheria, asks Odysseus if he'd liek to join their competetions
Seareach
wrestling champion of Skheria who insults Odysseus, but apologizes
Ares
god of war
Aphrodite
goddess of sex
King Antiphates
king of Lamos
Persephone
queen of the Underworld, Odysseus must pass her to see Teiresias
Teiresias
blind dead cursed prophet of the Underworld who advises Odysseus how to get home
Eumaios
Odysseus' loyal swineherd
Theoklymenos
crazy criminal who begs Telemachus to let him tag along
Amphinomos
good suitor
Melanthios
mean shepard who is harshly killed by Odysseus
Melantho
raised by Penelope, but has no respect for her, sleeps with Eurymachus
Philotios
cattle foreman who welcomes beggar Odysseus graciously
Ktessipos
suitor who chucks the cow's foot at beggar Odysseus
Agelaos
suitor is unwilling to go as far as the rest, discourages fighting
Leodes
begs Odysseus for his life, claims to take no part in the suitor's games, killed by Odysseus in the end