Who Inhabits the Odyssey?
Homer’s universe is replete with lively creatures of various kinds.
They all appear exactly when they’re needed (despite complaints to the contrary) and they fulfill their roles, which perfectly fit them, in their own individual ways.
Meet all the Characters below:
Olympian gods appearing in the Odyssey
The following gods appear in-person. They interact with each other and with the Heroes. Their interventions move the story forward:
Zeus Poseidon Athena Hermes
The following gods appear within a myth sung by the Phaeacian bard, Demodokos.
It is the story of how the goddess of lust and love cheated on her husband, blacksmith Hephaistos, for the robust embrace of warrior-god Ares. The husband, notified, sets up a brilliant trap and the lovers are caught. A couple other gods comment on the events.
Aphrodite Ares Hephaistos Apollo
The following goddess is mentioned a few times in passing, usually as killing mortals w/ her arrows, and she once appears very subtly as an allusion (Odysseus’ speech to maiden-Princess Nausicaa). She has an interesting personality and she holds key divine functions in women’s lives.
Persephone (Mistress of Hades)
Calypso (She who Covers)
Proteus (Lord of sea beasts – seals)
Leucothea (White Goddess)
alive – dead
Monsters & Weird Creatures
Gorgo (Medusa’s head, dead // power: petrifies those beholding it)
Polyphemus (Cyclop, son of Poseidon & Tho’ossa)
Sirens (bird-women, daughters of River Achelous // power: allure sailors w/ their song)
Laestrygonians (giant people living at Telepylos)
Could we count Water as a “Character” in the Odyssey?