Odyssey Characters Analysis

Ulysses (aka Odysseus): Protagonist and main character, and rightful king of Ithaca. He is known for his cunning and clever skills, as well as his strength, bravery, loyalty, and integrity. 

Penelope: Ulysses' wife. She waits patiently and faithfully for Ulysses to return home. 

Telemachus: Son of Ulysses and Penelope. Heir to the throne of Ithaca, who must face growing up while protecting his mother, and the throne. Only a child when Ulysses left home. 

Laertes: Father of Ulysses, an old king. 

Anticlea: Mother of Ulysses.

Eurycleia: Palace nurse/ attendant to Ulysses and Telemachus. 

Nestor: King of Pylos

Pisistratus: Son of Nestor

Argos: Ulysses' faithful old dog.

Eumaeus and Philoetius: Loyal tenders of Ulysses' livestock. 

Antinous and Eurymachus: Two of the most prominent suitors vying for Penelope's hand and the throne of Ithaca. Antinous is the more aggressive and brutish, while Eurymachus is more diplomatic, known as a smooth talker.  

Amphinomus: A suitor, but less objectionable than most. 

Eupeithes: Father of Antinous, and leader of those seeking revenge upon Ulysses after the slaughter of the suitors. 

Melanthius: Disloyal and foul-tempered tender of Ulysses' goats. 

Melantho: Sister of Melanthius; Disloyal palace maidservant who is carrying on an illicit affair with suitor Eurymachus. 

Agamemnon: King of Mycenae. Assassinated by his wife and her lover upon his return from commanding the Greeks at Troy. 

Clytemnestra: Unfaithful and murderous wife of Agamemnon

Alcinous: King of Phaeacia who helps Ulysses return to Ithaca.

Tiresias: A blind psychic who offers Ulysses warnings, advice, and visions of the future.

Nausicaa: Daughter of Alcinous who finds him washed ashore at Phaeacia

Scylla: A six-headed monster that Ulysses must escape from. 

Zeus: King of the gods

Athena: Daughter of Zeus

Polyphemus, aka, "Cyclops." One-eyed giant who attempts to trap and kill Ulysses

Poseidon: Father of Polyphemus, and god of the Sea

Calypso: A goddess who holds Ulysses captive for seven years, hoping to marry him. 

Circe: A goddess who casts a spell, turning some of Ulysses' men into pigs. 

Hermes: Son of Zeus

Aeolus: A god, and Master of the Winds. 

Lotus-eaters: Peaceful beings who feed on the lotus plant, suffering from the effects of memory loss.

Laestrygonians: Cannibals who sink most of Ulysses' fleet

Araneus, aka, Irus: A portly buffoon, almost a jester, who entertains the suitors, even at the expense of his dignity.