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Characters In The Iliad and The Odyssey

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Odysseus
Protagonist, husband of Penelope, father of Telemachus, favorite of Athena, enemy of Poseidon
Telemachus
son of Odysseus
Penelope
mother of Telemachus, wife of Odysseus,
Athena
daughter of Zeus, goddess of wisdom, purposeful battle, and womanly arts, appears as Mentor to Odysseus
Poseidon
god of the seas, father of Polyphemus, patron of the Phaeacians
Zeus
king of gods and men, father of Athena
Antinous
most arrogant of the suitors
Eurymachus
manipulative, deceitful suitor
Amphinomus
the only decent suitor
Eumaeus
the loyal shepherd who helps Odysseus reclaim his throne.
Eurycleia
nurse who raised Odysseus as a child, keeps Odysseus's identity a secret after he returns.
Melanthius
brother of Melantho, treacherous goatherd who abuses Odysseus without realizing who he his.
Melantho
sister of Melanthius, having a affair with Eurymachus, and abuses Odysseus
Calypso
beautiful nymph who keeps Odysseus on her island
Polyphemus
tremendous cyclops who imprisons Odysseus, son of Poseidon
Circe
witch-goddess who transforms Odysseus and his men into swines.
Laertes
Odysseus's aging father.
Tireseis
blind prophet who inhabits the underworld
Nestor
King of Pylos, former warior
Menelaus
king of Sparta, brother of Agamemnon, husband of Helen
Helen
wife of Menelaus, queen of Sparta
Agamemnon
former king of Mycenae, brother of Menelaus, murdered by his wife, Clytemnestra, and her lover, Aegisthus, later avenged by his son, Orestes
Nausicaa
daughter of king Alcinous and Queen Arete, discovers Odysseus on the beach
Alcinous
king of the Phaeacians, husband of Arete, father of Nausicaa
Arete
queen of the Phaeacians, wife of Alcinous, mother of Nausicaa
Achilles
son of Peleus and Thetis, most powerful warrior in The Iliad, from Phthia, upset at Agamemnon for taking Briseis from the Trojans
Patroclus
Achilles's best friend
Diomedes
youngest of the Achaens, inspired by Athena after Achilles falls.
Ajax
Best warrior after Achilles, son of Telamon
Little Ajax
son of Oileus
Idomeneus
King of Crete
Machaon
healer, wounded by Paris
Calchus
an important soothsayer
Peleus
Achilles's father, grandson of Zeus
Priam
king of Troy, husband of Hecuba, father of Hector and Paris
Hector
mightiest warrior of the Trojans, son of Priam and Hecuba
Hecuba
queen of Troy, wife of Priam, mother of Hector and Paris
Paris
brother of Hector, son of Priam and Hecuba, steals Helen
Aeneus
son of Aphrodite, Trojan nobleman
Andromache
Hector's wife
Astayanax
Hector and Andromache's son
Polydamas
young Trojan commander, foil to Hector
Glaucus
powerful Trojan warrior, nearly fights a duel with Diomedes
Agenor
Trojan warrior who attempts to fight Achilles
Dolon
Trojan spy
Pandarus
Trojan archer, wounds Menelaus
Antenor
advisor to King Prium
Sarpedon
son of Zeus
Chryseis
daughter of Chryses
Briseis
war prize for Agamemnon
Chryses
priest of Apollo