The Odyssey Part 1 Study Guide

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Genre
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Epic poem
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Epic Poem
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A long narrative about the deeds of gods and heroes
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Epic Hero
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A larger than life figure from history or legend that undertakes a dangerous voyage
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Odysseus
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The king of Ithaca
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Alcinous
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King of the Phoenicians, to whom Odysseus tells his story
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Calypso
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Sea goddess who loved Odysseus
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Circe
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Enchantress who helped Odysseus
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Zeus
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King of the gods
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Apollo
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God of music, poetry, prophecy, and medicine
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Agamemnon
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King and leader of Greek forces
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Poseidon
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God of the sea, earthquakes, horses, and storms at sea
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Athena
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Goddess of wisdom, skills, and warfare
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Polyphemus
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The Cyclops who imprisoned Odysseus
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Laertes
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Odysseus’ father
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Cronus
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Titan ruler of the universe;father of Zeus
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Perimedes
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Member of Odysseus’ crew
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Eurylochus
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Another member of Odysseus’ crew
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Tiresias
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Blind prophet who advised Odysseus
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Persephone
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Wife of hades
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Telemachus
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Odysseus and Penelope’s son
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Sirens
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Creatures whose song lure sailors to their deaths
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Scylla
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Sea monster of gray rock
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Charybdis
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Enormous and dangerous whirlpool
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Lampetia
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Nymph
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Hermes
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Herald and messenger of the gods
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Eumaeus
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Old swineherd and friend of Odysseus
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Antinous
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Leader among the suitors
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Eurynome
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Housekeeper for Penelope
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Penelope
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Odysseus’ Wife
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Eurymachus
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Suitor
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Amphinomus
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Another Suitor
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Sailing from Troy
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– they stormed Cicones – he told them to leave but they stayed and took everything, so they lost many men
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The Lotus Eaters
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– they landed for water, then ate lotus flowers and had no desire to leave – Odysseus had to drag them back
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The Cyclops
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– they went into Polyphemus’ cave and then he ate them – they gave him brandy then stabbed him in the eye, then rode out on the belly of the beast – Odysseus taunted Polyphemus and almost didn’t escape
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The Land of the Dead
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– he encounter Tiresias, who told Odysseus his prediction about what will happen when he gets home
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The Sirens
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– they sing songs that lure sailors to their deaths – he told his crew to tie him down and muffle him so he could the song without hurting anyone – the sailors kept steering the ship with beeswax on their ears so they couldn’t hear the song
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Scylla and Charybdis
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– they came between the monsters – he went more towards Scylla without telling the crew – Scylla ate 6 of his men
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The Cattle of the Sun of God
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– they are Helios’ cattle – Odysseus told his men that if they are the cattle they would die – they are the cattle so Zeus killed them by striking their ship with lightening – only Odysseus survived

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