The Odyssey Characters

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The Odyssey - Character Map

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As students read, a storyboard can serve as a helpful character reference log. This log (also called a character map) allows students to recall relevant information about important characters. A story like The Odyssey has many characters to keep track of and a character log can help keep them straight.

Students may also want some background knowledge of the Greek gods and goddesses or Greek Myths. Try using a character map like the one below to conduct internet research. This may help establish domains and attributes of specific gods that play a major role in the epic.


The Odyssey Characters

  • Aeolus - God of Wind
  • Athena - Odysseus' guide, Goddess of War and Wisdom
  • Calypso - Nymph
  • Charybdis - A Great Whirlpool
  • Circe - Witch
  • Helios - Sun God
  • Hermes - Messenger God
  • Polyphemus - Cyclops
  • Poseidon - God of the Seas
  • Sirens - Creatures Who Lure Men to their Deaths with Song
  • Scylla - Six-Headed Beast
  • Zeus - Ruler of All Gods


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Create a character map for the major characters.


  1. Identify the major characters in The Odyssey and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a character from the "Classical Era" or "Greek Mythology" tabs to represent each of the literary characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in the Textables for Traits, Location, Role in Epic, and For/Against Protagonist and Why.
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