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Aeolus
Aeolus is the god of the winds.  He puts all of the bad winds in a bag and gives it to Odysseus to make his travels quick and safe.  However, Odysseus opens the bag and they are blown back to his island.  Aeolus turns Odysseus and his men aside because he fears their travel is cursed by the gods.
 
Alcinous
Alcinous is the king of the Phaeacians.  He hears Odysseus's story and gives him a ship back to Ithaca.
 
Amphinomus
He is one of the suitors.  Amphinomus is later slain by Odysseus.
 
Antinous
He is the most unruly suitor.  He throws a stool at Odysseus while he is still disguised as a beggar. 
 
Athena
Athena is the goddess of wisdom.  She helps Odysseus many times along his journey.  She also helps Telemachus.  Athena speaks up for Odysseus in the council of the gods at Mount Olympus
 
Calypso
She the goddess who lives on Ogygia Island.  Odysseus is detained on her island for seven years.
 
Charybdis
Charybdis is the deadly maelstrom that swallows the sea and regurgitates it boiling hot.  Odysseus survives his encounter with Charybdis by grabbing hold of a fig tree.
 
Eumaeus
Eumaeus is a shepherd who is loyal to Odysseus.  He helps Odysseus reclaim him title as king of Ithaca.
 
Euryclia
Euryclia is an old, loyal servant to Odysseus.  Telemachus's voyage and hiding Odysseus's true identity while he is disguised are two things she helps with.
 
Eurymachus
Eurymachus is a suitor who invades Odysseus's house.  He pleads for the other suitors' lives by arguing that Antinous forced them into invading.  Once Odysseus rejects him, Eurymachus becomes belligerent and tries to kill Odysseus with the rest of the suitors.
 
Helios
Helios is the sun god.  Odysseus and his men land on the island where his cows are located.  They slaughter some of the cows, and Helios demands punishment.  He has Zeus destroy Odysseus's ship.
 
Hermes
Hermes is the messenger god.  He delivers Odysseus Moly to protect him from Circe's spells.
 
Laertes
Laertes is the father of Odysseus.
 
 

Polyphemus
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Antinous throwing a stool at beggar Odysseus
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The monster Scylla
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Menelaus
Menelaus, king of Sparta, offers to help Telemachus on his search for Odysseus.
 
Nausicaa
She is the daughter of Alcinous.  She finds Odysseus on the shores of Scheria and helps him to the palace.
 
Nestor
Nestor is confronted by Telemachus to find out about Odysseus's whereabouts.  He knows nothing and tells Telemachus this.  Nestor is also the king of Pylos.
 
Odysseus
Odysseus, king of Ithaca, ventures off to fight in the Trojan War.  He is forced off course by Poseidon, and he journeys for ten years after the war to return to his home.  He is the protagonist of The Odyssey.
 
Penelope
Penelope is the wife of Odysseus.  She spends all of her time waiting for Odysseus to return and trying to avoid the suitors.  With many cunning schemes, she keeps the suitors at bay until Odysseus's return.
 
Polyphemus
Polyphemus is a bloodthirsty cyclops.  Odysseus encounters him on the Island of the Cyclopes.  Polyphemus imprisons Odysseus in his cave and devours many of his men.  Polyphemus is tricked and blinded by Odysseus, and he prays to his father, Poseidon, to make Odysseus's voyage home a long and grueling one.
 
Poseidon
Poseidon is the god of the sea.  He is angered at Odysseus due to his lack of gratitude, and Poseidon makes Odysseus go off course and spend ten years venturing home.
 
Scylla
Scylla is the six-headed-behemoth that eats six of Odysseus's men when they sail by.  Odysseus avoids it on the second pass though.
 
Telemachus
Telemachus is the son of Odysseus.  He grows weary of the suitors and goes out to search for his father.  Telemachus is later confronted by his father.  Telemachus is too awestruck to realize that it is truly him for a time, but eventually he does.  Together, he and Odysseus purge their house of the suitors.
 
Tiresias
Tiresias is a prophet who inhabits Hades.  He lets Odysseus communicate with the other spirits and tells Odysseus how to return to Ithaca.
 
Zeus
Zeus is the king of the gods.  He helps Odysseus though most of his journey; however, he does destroy his ship. 

Zeus
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Circe
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Odysseus
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