King of Mycenae; Greek leader at Troy, murdered by his wife Klytaimnestra and her lover Aigisthos on his return home; brother of Menelaos.
One of the suitors of Penelope.
Greek hero at Troy, drowned on the return trip after defying the gods. Name also spelled 'Ajax'.
Klytaimnestra's lover; usurper of Agamemnon's throne at Mycenae.
King of the winds; gives Odysseus a bag of winds.
Homer's name for the Greeks (as opposed to the Trojans).
The greatest Greek warrior at Troy.
King of the Phaeacians, host to Odysseus; father of Nausicaa, husband of Arete.
Hotheaded ringleader of Penelope's suitors.
One of Odysseus' crew; falls off Circe's roof and dies.
The dark land of the dead.
Faithful swineherd of Odysseus.
Father of Antinous; killed by Laertes.
Old and faithful nurse to Odysseus.
Second-in-command to Odysseus during his travels.
Rational suitor to Penelope.
Old friend of Odysseus in Ithaca.
Wife of Menelaos; carried off to Troy by Paris, causing the Trojan War.
Sun god whose sacred cattle are eaten by Odysseus' crew.
Queen of the gods, wife of Zeus.
Beggar to Penelope's suitors; stirs up a fight with Odysseus.
Beautiful nymph who detains Odysseus eight years at island of Ogygia.
A dangerous whirlpool by which Odysseus must sail.
People at Ismaros, raided by Odysseus after the Trojan War.
Enchantress who turns men into swine; Odysseus and his men stay on her island for a year.
Murderous wife of Agamemnon, lover of Aigisthos.
One of Penelope's suitors; killed by the cowherd.
One-eyed race of giants; Odysseus encounters the Cyclops named Polyphemus on his journey.
Hostile giants who attack Odysseus and eat his men.
The crier, spared during the slaughter.
Disloyal goatherd to Odysseus.
Disloyal maidservant to Odysseus.
Brother of Agamemnon, husband of Helen, host to Telemachus.
Old friend of Odysseus; one of Athena's disguises.
Old friend of Odysseus; adviser to Telemachus; frequent disguise of Athena.
The nine goddesses who inspire the arts.
Principal city of the Achaeans, home of Agamemnon.
Phaeacian princess, daughter of Alcinous; she rescues Odysseus and has a crush on him.
Elderly king of Pylos, chief adviser of the Greeks at Troy.
King of Thebes who killed his father and married his mother.
Mountain home of the gods.
Killed Klytaimnestra and Aigisthos to avenge the murder of his father, Agamemnon; foil character to Telemachus.
Achilles' best friend at Troy; his death inspired Achilles to fight.
Telemachus' trusted crewman.
Nestor's youngest son; he accompanies Telemachus on part of his journey.
Inhabitants of the island of Skheria.
Bard at the palace of Odysseus; spared in the slaughter.
Faithful cowherd to Odysseus.
Cyclops son of Poseidon; blinded by Odysseus.
"The Ancient of the Sea," he has the gift of prophecy and can change his shape.
Enchantresses who lure sailors to their deaths with their beautiful voices.
Island home of Alcinous, Arete, and Nausicaa.
River boundary between the land of the living and the land of the dead.
Blind prophet met by Odysseus in the land of the dead; he foretells Odysseus' future.
Fugitive who accompanies Telemachus home and interprets omens.
King of the gods, brother of Poseidon, father of Athena; ruler on Mount Olympos.