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The Odyssey: Important People and Places

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Achilles
Greek hero, mightiest fighter at Troy
Aeaea
Circe's island
Aeolia
Home of the god of the winds
Aeolus
God of the winds
Agamemnon
Leader of Greeks against Trojans; Murdered by wife Clytemnestra
Agelaus
Suitor
Ajax
Greek warrior; enemy of Odysseus; fights Odysseus for Achilles armor, loses, goes crazy, and kills himself
Alcinous
King of the Phaeacians
Amphinomus
Suitor
Antinous
Suitor
Arete
Wife of Alcinous
Athena
Goddess of wisdom, friend to Odysseus
Calypso
Goddess who kept Odysseus captive for 8 years
Charybdis
Whirlpool
Circe
Sorceress who turned Odysseus's men into pigs
Clytemnestra
Wife of Agamemnon
Cyclops
One-eyed giant
Elpenor
Fell from the roof and died. Greeted Odysseus in the land of the dead
Eumaeus
Faithful Swineherd
Eurycleia
Nurse
Eurymachus
Suitor
Hades
God of the dead; also land of the dead
Helen
Wife of Menelaus
Hermes
messenger of the gods
Ino
a goddess of the sea, who pitied Odysseus in the storm
Ithaca
Home of Odysseus
Laertes
father of Odysseus
Laestrygonians
Giant cannibals
Lotus-eaters
Eaters of flowers, who forgot the past
Menelaus
Greek hero, brother of Agamemnon
Melanthius
Treacherous goatherd in league with the suitors
Nausicaa
Daughter of Alcinous
Ogygia
Island of Calypso
Olympus
Home of the gods
Penelope
Wife of Odysseus
Persephone
Goddess of the dead
Phaeacians
Men who carried Odysseus to Ithaca
Philoetius
Faithful Herdsman
Polyphemus
one of the cyclopes
Poseidon
god of the sea, enemy of Odysseus
Scylla
Six-headed monster
Sirens
Beautiful singers, whose voices lead men to their deaths
Sisyphus
Giant among the dead
Sparta
Part of Greece
Telemachus
Son of Odysseus
Tiresias
Blind seer, whose spirit prophesied the return of Odysseus
The Wanderers
Clashing rocks
Trinacria
Island of the cattle of the Sun
Troy
Scene of the war
Zeus
Ruler of the gods and men