Odyssey 1-5

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  1. Former king of Mycenae, brother of Menelaus, and commander
    of the Achaean forces at Troy. Agamemnon was murdered by his wife,
    Clytemnestra, and her lover, Aegisthus, upon his return from the war. He was
    later avenged by his son Orestes.
    Agamemnon
  2. Among the dozens of suitors, the only decent
    man seeking Penelope’s hand in marriage.
    Amphinomus
  3. Daughter of Zeus and goddess of wisdom, purposeful battle,
    and the womanly arts. Athena assists Odysseus and Telemachus with divine powers
    throughout the epic, and she speaks up for them in the councils of the gods on
    Mount Olympus. She often appears in disguise as Mentor, an old friend of
    Odysseus.
    Athena
  4. The beautiful nymph
    who falls in love with Odysseus when he lands on her island-home of Ogygia. Calypso
    holds him prisoner there for seven years until Hermes, the messenger god,
    persuades her to let him go.
    Calypso
  5. The aged and loyal
    servant who nursed Odysseus and Telemachus when they were babies. is
    well informed about palace intrigues and serves as confidante to her masters.
    Eurycleia
  6. A manipulative, deceitful suitor. Eurymachus’s charisma and
    duplicity allow him to exert some influence over the other suitors.
    Eurymachus
  7. Odysseus’s aging
    father, who resides on a farm in Ithaca.
    Laertes
  8. King of Sparta,
    brother of Agamemnon, and husband of Helen, he helped lead the Greeks in the
    Trojan War. He offers Telemachus assistance in his quest to find Odysseus when
    Telemachus visits him in Book 4.
    Menelaus
  9. An old friend and advisor to both Odysseus and Telemachus.
    Athena often adopts the form of ____ to disguise herself when advising
    Telemachus.
    Mentor
  10. King of Pylos and a former warrior in the Trojan War. Like
    Odysseus, Nestor is known as a clever speaker. Telemachus visits him in Book 3
    to ask about his father.
    Nestor
  11. Wife of Odysseus and mother of Telemachus. Penelope spends
    her days in the palace pining for the husband who left for Troy twenty years
    earlier and never returned.
    Penelope
  12. Odysseus’s son. An infant when Odysseus left for Troy,
    Telemachus is about twenty at the beginning of the story. He is a natural
    obstacle to the suitors desperately courting his mother, but despite his
    courage and good heart, he initially lacks the poise and confidence to oppose
    them. His maturation, especially during his trip to Pylos and Sparta in Books 3
    and 4, provides a subplot to the epic. Athena often assists him.
    Telemachus

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