Odysseus is probably the most important character in this whole book. He is the main hero, and the reason for this book in the first place. Every other character is connected to him in some way, good or bad. In this picture, he is being held of Kalypso's island.
Penelope is Odysseus' wife, and she mourns for his return. She is stalked by suitors all the time, but stays truthful to her husband. In this picture, she is crying and waiting for her husband's return.
Telemakhos is Odysseus' son, who is about 20 years old by the time Odysseus returns. He is told by Athena to go in search for news of his father. He takes a ship and several men on his voyage. In this picture, he is standing outside of his castle in Ithaca.
Kalypso is a nymph who wanted Odysseus all for herself. She forced him to lay with her, and kept him held captive on her island. In this picture she is standing on the shores of her island.
The suitors are here to court Penelope, in hopes she will choose one to marry. They sit around her land, eating all her food, stealing her resources, and bullying her son, Tele. In this picture the suitors are doing whatever they want in the home of Penelope.
Athena is the goddess of wisdom and warfare, daughter of Zeus. She is in this story to guide and help Tele figure the whereabouts of his father. She also help Odysseus as he travels place to place. In this picture she is standing on Mt. Olympus, where she lives.