PEOPLE OF The Odyssey
- The leader of the suitors and the first slain by Odysseus. He is a cruel, greedy, and hypocritical villain, always attempting to justify his evil behavior by distorting the motives or acts of others.

Anticleia - The mother of Odysseus. She encounters him in Hades while he is there.

Elepnor - A young seaman in the crew of Odysseus who dies in an accident on Circe island and whose spirit reproaches Odysseus in Hades.

Eurycleia - The faithful and devoted old nurse of Odysseus, recognizes him by the scar on his leg

Eurymachus - The second most important suitor; he is as evil as Antinous, but far more soft and cowardly.

Helen - The wife of Menelaus, king of Sparta . She was the cause of the Trojan War.

Melanthius - The chief goatherd of Odysseus. In his master's absence he has ignored his duty and has ingratiated himself with the suitors by catering to their whims.

Odysseus - King of Ithaca, husband of Penelope, father of Telemachus, son of Laertes. He is the first of the Greek epic heroes to be renowned for his brain as well as his muscle.

Penelope - The wife of Odysseus. She is serious and industrious, a perfect wife and mother in many aspects.

Telemachus - The son of Odysseus and Penelope. He is just entering manhood and is very self-conscious about his duty, and his father's reputation as a hero, which he feels he must live up to.

Tiresias - The most famous of all Greek seers. The legend was that in compensation for his blindness the gods had given him his awesome visionary powers. His spirit is consulted by Odysseus in Hades.


Aeolus - A mortal whom Zeus has appointed keeper of the winds.

Athena - Daughter of Zeus, goddess of wisdom and patroness of the arts and crafts, also known as Pallas. Odysseus is her favorite and protégé.

Calypso - The sea nymph who keeps Odysseus captive for nine years and who, in hope of making him her husband, offers him immortality.

Circe - The enchantress who transforms the crew of Odysseus into swine and who, when she finds that she cannot conquer Odysseus, takes him as a lover and helps him with advice and supplies on his voyage home.

Hermes - Son of Zeus, the ambassador of the gods, conductor of the dead souls to Hades, and patron of travelers, merchants, and thieves.

Polyphemus - A one-eyed Cyclops who held Odysseus and his men captive in his cave until he was made drunk and blinded by Odysseus.

Poseidon - Younger brother of Zeus, god of the sea and earthquakes, father of Polyphemus. Because Odysseus is a sailor and must travel home by ship, Poseidon is able to do him much harm. The god bears a grudge against him because of his rough treatment of Polyphemus.

Scylla - A sea monster with six heads whom Odysseus and his crew must pass during their voyage.

Sirens - Two beautiful maidens who dwell in a flowery meadow on an island somewhere between that of Circe and of Scylla. They tempt passing mariners to their deaths by their tantalizing songs.

Zeus - The supreme god and king of Olympus . He is officially neutral in human affairs; his duty is to carry out the will of Destiny, but he is often sympathetic towards humans.

Aeaea - The island home of the enchantress Circe.

Hades - The land of the dead.

Ithaca - The island kingdom of Odysseus. Off the west coast of mainland Greece.

Troy - A kingdom that was destroyed by the Greeks in the Trojan War. It is located on the western coast of Asia Minor .