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Agamemnon Agamemnon was the commander of the Greeks during the Trojan War. He was a strong leader and, helped by Odysseus, led the Greeks to an astounding victory in the Trojan War. He was a loyal, honest man who kept his word.
Athena Athena was the goddess who warned Odysseus that the gods were planning against him. She was kind and only meant well, and if not for her it is almost certain that Odysseus would not have made it home alive.
Calypso Calypso was the beautiful sea nymph who kept Odysseus on her island for seven years. She was stunningly attractive and very charismatic. She obviously played a large part in the epic, keeping Odysseus occupied for seven years. In the censored version, not much is said about this time period.
Circe Circe was a beautiful witch-goddess. She had an evil twitch in her, meaning that she liked to do bad things. Her favorite thing to do was turn humans who visited her island into various types of animals. She is hardly ever hindered by others, but Odysseus wins her over.
Eumaeus Eumaeus was a swineherd, an old and loyal servant of Odysseus. He helped him defeat the suitors and reclaim his bride, Penelope. He was a simple man, but was there when help was needed.
Eurymachus Eurymachus was a loud-mouthed, rude, inconsiderate suitor for Odysseus' wife, Penelope. He ate her food, stayed in her house, and was not after Penelope for her, but for the power the came with her (King of Ithaca). Many felt it a justice done when he was killed.
Laertes Laertes is Odysseus' father. He is a loving and caring father who wants to see the best for his son. He helps him when he needs help defeating the suitors and is always there for him when he needs him.
Odysseus Odysseus, the main character in The Odyssey, was a young, strong, cunning individual who used his cleverness to not only help him succeed in life, but also survive. He managed to come out on top of every situation and was able to navigate the way through his life, despite the disasters and calamities that he encountered.
Penelope Penelope was the loving, caring, and most forgiving wife of Odysseus. She waited for 20 years for him to return home, never abandoning hope throughout the course of that long period of time.
Polyphemus Polyphemus was a cyclops (a one-eyed giant) who was the son of Poseidon, god of the seas. He lived on the island of Sicily as a shepherd. He was simple-minded and was extremely irritated when Odysseus and his men arrived and ate his food without asking.
Telemachus Telemachus was the loyal, loving, odeying son of Odysseus and Penelope. He helped and followed his father and served him when in need. He was a major part after Odysseus finally made it back to Ithaca.

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