Characters in The Odyssey



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Characters in The Odyssey

Achaeans – A general word that encompasses the Greek civilizations.

Achilles – A warrior who gained great fame and died in the Trojan War.

Aegisthus –Clytemnestra's lover, Agamemnon's murderer.

Aeolus – The god of wind.

Agamemnon – Menelaus's brother, murdered by his wife's lover (Aegisthus) when he came home from the Trojan War.

Ajax – A warrior in the Trojan War.

Alcinous – The Phaeacian king who hosts Odysseus very hospitably and helps him return to Ithaca.

Amphinomus – A kindly and well-intentioned suitor.

Anticleia –Odysseus's mother, who died of longing for her son.

Antinous – The most insolent and impious suitor.

Antiphates – King of the Laestrygonians.

Aphrodite – The goddess of love, wife of Hephaestus.

Ares – The god of war, Aphrodite's lover.

Arete – The Phaeacian queen.

Argos – Odysseus's old dog.

Arnaeus (Irus) – A rude beggar whom Odysseus fights.

Athena – The goddess of wisdom, justice, battle strategy, and courage.

Autolycus – Odysseus's grandfather, with whom he got the hunting scar on his knee.

Broadsea – A man in Alcinous's court who provokes Odysseus to take part in the athletic contests.

Calypso – A beautiful goddess who falls in love with Odysseus and holds him captive for seven years on the island Ogygia.

Chabrydis – A monster that creates a whirlpool three times a day.

Cicones – A people that take revenge on Odysseus's crew.

Circe – A beautiful witch from the island Aeaea. Odysseus lives with her for a year.

Clytemnestra – Agamemnon's unfaithful wife.

Ctesippus – A rude, violent suitor.

Cyclops – Cannibalistic giants who live in caves.

Demodocus – A bard in Alcinous's court.

Eidothea – Proteus's daughter.

Elpenor – A member of Odysseus's crew who died by falling off Circe's roof after getting drunk.

Eumaeus – The loyal swineherd who helps Odysseus defeat the suitors.

Eupithes – Antinous's father.

Eurycleia – Odysseus's kindly nurse, and the first person to recognize Odysseus in his beggar disguise.

Eurylochus – A member of Odysseus's crew who often disobeys Odysseus.

Eurymachus –A rude and deceitful suitor.

Helen – Menelaus's wife, famous for her beauty and pivotal role in the Trojan War.

Helios – The sun god, owner of the Cattle of the Sun.

Hephaestus – The crippled goldsmith god, jilted husband of Aphrodite.

Hermes –The messenger god.

Ino – A goddess who helps Odysseus reach the Phaeacianshore.

Laertes –Odysseus'sfather, who lives in poverty on a farm.

Laestrygonians – Giant cannibals.

Laodamas – A man in Alcinous's court.

Lotus Eaters – A people who grow and eat the somnolent lotus flower.

Medon – Herald in Odysseus's court.

Melanthius – The rude goatherd.

Menelaus – King of Sparta, commander in the Trojan War, Agamemnon's brother.

Mentes –One of Athena's disguises.

Nausicaa – A Phaeacian Princess, daughter of Alcinous.

Nestor –King of Pylos, commander in the Trojan War.

Odysseus – King of Ithaca, husband of Penelope, and father of Telemachus, former commander in the Trojan War, Odysseus is the flawed, beloved hero of this tale of homecoming and revenge.

Orestes – Agamemnon's son.

Penelope – Odysseus's wife and Telemachus's mother.

Phaeacians – A hospitable people who deliver Odysseus to Ithaca.

Philoetius – The cowherd that helps Odysseus fight the suitors.

Pisistratus –Nestor's son.

Polycaste –Nestor's daughter.

Polyphemus – A Cyclops son of Poseidon whom Odysseus blinds.

Poseidon – A sea god who holds a longstanding grudge against Odysseus for killing his son, the Cyclops Polyphemus.

Proteus – A shape-shifting sea god.

Scylla – A man-eating monster with six heads.

Sirens – Creatures disguised as beautiful women whose beautiful singing lures sailors to jump into the sea and drown.

Telemachus – Odysseus's son.

Theoclymenus – A prophet who sails to Ithaca from Sparta with Telemachus.

Tiresias – A prophet with whom Odysseus speaks in the underworld.

Trojans – The people of Troy, the site of the Trojan War.



Zeus – King of all the gods, and the god of sky and lightning. He holds assembly on Mount Olympus and negotiates the desires and grievances of the gods.


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