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Odyssey Characters

Questions on characters from Homer's Odyssey Set Books for New Zealand Year 12 Classics
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Homer
Ancient Greek epic poet who is believed to have written the Iliad and the Odyssey (circa 850 BC)
Philotius
Faithful cowherd of Ithaca - assists in battle against the suitors
Eumaeus
A swineherd, an old and loyal servant to Odysseus
Telemachus
Son of Odysseus and Penelope
Athena
Greek goddess of wisdom, war, and protector of Odysseus
Melanthius
The brother of Melantho. Melanthius is a treacherous and opportunistic goatherd who supports the suitors. Mutilated.
Polyphemus
Cyclops, son of Poseidon
Penelope
The wife of Odysseus and a symbol of devotion and fidelity
Ino
Nymph; gives Odysseus a sash to keep him from drowning; Odysseus is hesitant because she might be tricking him
Calypso
The sea nymph who detained Odysseus for seven years
Antinous
The most arrogant of Penelope's suitors. Leads the compaign to have Telemachus killed. and he is the first to die when Odysseus returns
Melantho
Sister of Melanthius and maidservant in Odysseus's palace. She is having an affair with Eurymachus.
Eurycleia
An old maid servant of Odysseus, who nursed both him and Telemachus.
Eurymachus
Suitor of Penelope's, second one killed, tries to convince Odysseus to let them go.
Ithaca
Odysseus' home, an island off the coast of Greece
Laertes
Odysseus' father, who resides on a farm in Ithaca.
Aethon
Odysseus assumed this name when he returned to his palace as a beggar.
Paris
Trojan whose relationship with Helen started the Trojan War.
Phemius
The bard that was saved by Telemachus when Odysseus was killing the suitors.
Hermes
Messenger of the gods, who convinced Calypso to let Odysseus go.
Zeus
The supreme god of ancient Greek mythology
Poseidon
The sea god who was opposed to Odysseus returning home because he had blinded Polyphemus