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English odyssey characters

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achaens
collective name for all greek people
aeaea
home of circe
aegisthus
lover of clytemnestra and murderer of agamenon
aeolus
master of the winds
agamemnon
king of mycenae, husband of clytamnestra, brother of menalaus leader of the largest army during the trojan war
alcinous
king of the phaecians husband of arete and father of nausicaa
anticleia
wife of laertes and mother of odysseus
antinous
one of the two leading suitors
aphrodite
goddess of love
arete
queen of the phaeacia and wife of alcinous
argos
dog of odysseus
athena
daughter of zeus and the goddess of war and wisdom. She helps odysseus through his journey home and is the one who ultimately decides his destiny
calypso
godess/nymph makes her home on the island of ogygia. She keeps odysseus there for ten years and then she finally sends him on his way after asking him to be his wife
charybdis
monster in the form of a giant whirlpool. (The other monster thats not scyllia)
cicones
trojan allies living in northern troy. Odysseus raids them at the beginning of the book
circe
this is a nymph that lives on the island of aeaea and turns odysseus' men into pigs then he stays there for about a year
clytemnestra
queen of argos, wife of agamemnon, lover of aegisthus (story of agamemnon and how hes killed when he gets home)
ctesippus
suitor killed by philoetius
cyclops
a one eyed giant... Specifically polyphemus who is the giant that odysseus taunted and threw a spear in his eye
demodocus
blind singer of the phaecians
dolius
an old man servant, that is very close to penelope
eidothea
sea nymph daughter daughter of proteus. Gives menelaus the idea to hide as a seal to capture her father, the old man of the sea.
elpenor
companion of odysseus who falls off the roof at circe's palace and the reunite in the underworld
eumaeus
swineherd of odysseus
eurycleia
the old nurse of odysseus and telemachus notices the scar on odysseus' leg when he comes home
eurylochus
friend of odysseus and his second officer in command
eurymachus
one of the two leading suitors and killed by odysseus
halitherses
ithacan leader who sees the phrophcies at the beginning with the eagle
helen
wife of menelaus, and the person who started the trojan war because of paris son of priamn (slips medication in the drinks when telemachaus visits for news of his father)
helios
god of the sun; has the cattle that odysseus' men slaughter
hephaestus
god of fire
hermes
messenger god; takes suitors down to the underworld, meets odysseus on circes island, and tells calypso to let odysseus go
icarius
father of penelope
ino
sea nymph daughter of proteus (old man of the sea) she gives him the scarf of immortality to save him from certain death in the ocean
irus
nickname for an ithacan beggar
ithaca
home of odyseus; in greece
lacedaemon
city and kingdom of menelaus
laertes
father of odysseus
laestrygonians
legendary clan of giants (polyphemus)
Lotus Eaters
people visited by odysseus and they live on a plant that is very delicious but makes you forget your purpose and your home and family
medon
herald of odysseys in ithaca
melanthius
the goatherd
melantho
maid of penelope
menalaus
brother of agamemnon and husband of helen
mentes
name that athena assumes in ithaca
mentor
friend of odysseus, often impersonated by athena
muse
goddess, daughter of zeus, one of nine muses, presides over literature
nausicaa
daughter of alcinous and arete
nestor
person who telemachaus goes to see in search for his father before he goes to menelaus. The king's son goes along with him
Odysseus
main character in the story. Son of Laertes and anticlea, father of Telemachaus, husband of penelope, and king of ithaca
oedipus
king of thebes
ogygia
island of calypso
olympus
home of the gods
orestes
son of agamemnon, kills mother and her lover (see story)
Penelope
wife of odysseus
persephone
wife of hades, lives in the underworld, daughter of demeter
phaeacians
people of alcinous
phaecia
land of the kingdom of alcinous
polyphemus
cyclops, the giant that odysseus stabs the eye out of
poseidon
god of the sea, the god that hates odysseus for hurting his son polyphemus
proteus
old man of the sea in menelaus' story
pylos
king nestors capital city
scylla
the six headed monster that kills six of odysseus' men when he is sailing past (the other monster that is not carybdus)
sirens
women who live on an island in the sea who enchant passing sailors and then kill them
sisyphus
a legendary figure that is doomed in the underworld and has to roll a boulder up a hill forever
sparta
home of menelaus and helen
tantalus
a figure doomed to the underworld and is surrounded by lucious fruit and water and is so thirsty and hungry but is unable to eat or drink
telemachaus
son of odysseus
theoclymenus
argive seer of prophetic lineage
thrinacia
mythical island of helios, has the cows that odysseus' men slaughter and doom them to death
tiresias
blind seer of thebes who odysseus goes to see in the underworld to lean his fate
zeus
king of the gods