Odyssey Characters

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  • Polyphemus
  • "Poseidon, let Odysseus not reach his home"
  • Hermes
  • Cyclops son of Poseidon who is blinded by Odysseus. Polyphemus is a shepherd who refuses to be a host to Odysseus and eats some of his men. He curses Odysseus and asks his father for revenge.
  • Zeus
  • Messenger of the gods, he delivers the edicts of Zeus to gods and mortals. He instructs Calypso to release Odysseus. He also accompanies souls to the land of the dead.
  • Antinous
  • Witch-like woman who at first turns Odysseus' men into pigs but is impressed when she cannot affect Odysseus. She lusts after him and he stays with her for a year. She tells him to go to the land of the dead and advises him on the upcoming challenges
  • Argos
  • Father of Athena and King of the gods, Zeus appears frequently in this poem but mostly to give assent to another god who either wants to help Odysseus or hinder him. He gives Athena license to help Odysseus but also strikes Odysseus' ship with lightning.
  • The head suitor, son of a man Odysseus saved from death. He is the first of the suitors to speak at all times and plans to kill Telemachus. He is also the first of the suitors to be killed by Odysseus.
  • Odysseus' faithful dog. He first Odysseus' scent when he is disguised as a beggar and brings tears to his eyes and dies after Odysseus' enters his estate
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