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Ch 3: The Odyssey: Characters

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The Odyssey: Characters chapter of The Odyssey Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the characters depicted in The Odyssey. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential characters found in The Odyssey.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering The Odyssey characters material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the setting and characters from this poem. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing the characters from The Odyssey
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning literature (visual and auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review by taking The Odyssey: Characters chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only the information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about characters found in The Odyssey for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Overviews of key characters in the poem, including Helios, Calypso, Nausicaa, Laertes, Tiresias and Penelope, among others
  • Analysis of Odysseus as a character and possible hero
  • Review of the Greek Gods depicted in the story
  • Mythological characters used in the plotline and their relationship with Odysseus

19 Lessons in Chapter 3: The Odyssey: Characters
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Who was Odysseus? - Story, Adventures & Travels

1. Who was Odysseus? - Story, Adventures & Travels

Odysseus is most famous for his wandering adventures after the events of the Trojan War. This lesson explores his role in defeating the Trojans and his 10-year voyage home. The tale includes battling Cyclops, sea monsters and visiting the land of the dead.

Is Odysseus a Hero? - Character Analysis

2. Is Odysseus a Hero? - Character Analysis

A hero can be defined in many ways, but in Greek antiquity, a hero embodied qualities that reflected Greek culture. In this lesson, we will define the term hero and determine whether Odysseus fits the description.

Who was Telemachus? - Stories, Character Traits & Analysis

3. Who was Telemachus? - Stories, Character Traits & Analysis

In this lesson we explore the character Telemachus, whose father, Odysseus, is the main character in Homer's 'The Odyssey.' Separated from his father since infancy, he journeys into southern Greece to find him.

Penelope in the Odyssey: Quotes & Weaving

4. Penelope in the Odyssey: Quotes & Weaving

Penelope is one of the most important characters in 'The Odyssey'. Homer idealizes her as the perfect wife and one who sets the standard for loyalty. Learn how Penelope used her intelligence to remain loyal to Odysseus while he was away for two decades.

Athena in The Odyssey

5. Athena in The Odyssey

The character of Athena in Homer's iconic poem, 'The Odyssey', is far more than some remote goddess making playthings of frail mortals. She is a guide who helps Odysseus learn what a man, husband, father, and king should be.

The Cyclops in The Odyssey & Greek Mythology

6. The Cyclops in The Odyssey & Greek Mythology

The Cyclops in Homer's classic poem, ''The Odyssey'' plays a vital role in launching the famous tale of the ancient king, Odysseus, struggling to return home. However, the Cyclops also figures powerfully in Greek mythology as a whole.

Poseidon in The Odyssey

7. Poseidon in The Odyssey

Poseidon, the god of the sea, plays a vital role in Homer's ancient epic ''The Odyssey.'' Poseidon's conflict with the poem's hero, Odysseus, drives the action, and in the process, it teaches Odysseus, and the rest of us, what it means to be human.

The Greek God Aeolus: Mythology, Overview

8. The Greek God Aeolus: Mythology, Overview

In this lesson, we will explore the Greek god Aeolus. Keeper of the wind and resident of the island Aeolia, the god's largest role in Greek literature or myth is in attempting to aid Odysseus home in Homer's Odyssey.

Circe of The Odyssey:  Mythology, Overview

9. Circe of The Odyssey: Mythology, Overview

In this lesson we explore one of the minor goddesses of ancient Greek mythology, Circe. The goddess of magic and transformation, Circe plays her most pivotal role in Greek literature in Homer's 'Odyssey'.

Tiresias of The Odyssey: Mythology, Overview

10. Tiresias of The Odyssey: Mythology, Overview

In this lesson we'll learn who Tiresias was in Greek mythology. Together, we'll take a closer look at his myths and his legacy. We'll also examine Tiresias' role in 'The Odyssey.'

Odysseus & the Sirens

11. Odysseus & the Sirens

Sometimes, a tempting offer is too good to refuse, even if it means risking one's life. In this lesson, we'll learn about the mythology of the Sirens and analyze Odysseus' enchanting adventure.

Who Is Helios in The Odyssey?

12. Who Is Helios in The Odyssey?

This lesson will introduce you the character of Helios from Homer's ''Odyssey.'' You may be surprised at just what sort of character the Greeks made out of their original sun god.

Calypso in The Odyssey: Summary, Overview

13. Calypso in The Odyssey: Summary, Overview

In this lesson we explore the ancient Greek nymph, Calypso, and her role in Homer's ''Odyssey.'' Though just a nymph, Calypso challenges the Olympian gods and tries to hold Odysseus captive.

Who is Nausicaa in The Odyssey?

14. Who is Nausicaa in The Odyssey?

Odysseus, hero of Homer's ''The Odyssey'' must make it past several obstacles before he gets back home after the Trojan War. Along the way, he manages to find some allies every now and then. One of those is Nausicaa. In this lesson, discover who this woman is and the role she plays in ''The Odyssey'', then test yourself with a quiz.

Who Are the Suitors in The Odyssey?

15. Who Are the Suitors in The Odyssey?

Homer's classic work 'The Odyssey' centers on Odysseus and his journey home from the Trojan War, but it also follows his wife Penelope and son Telemachus as they deal with their own complications on the home front. In this lesson, learn about Penelope's suitors and the havoc they wreak, and test yourself with a quiz.

Who Is Eumaeus in The Odyssey?

16. Who Is Eumaeus in The Odyssey?

'The Odyssey' is a Greek epic that is still read to this day for its exciting plot and memorable characters. In this lesson, learn about one of those characters, Eumaeus, and test yourself with a quiz.

Who Is Eurycleia in The Odyssey?

17. Who Is Eurycleia in The Odyssey?

'The Odyssey' is a Greek epic still read and cherished today for its crazy plot and fascinating characters. One of these characters is Eurycleia. Learn more about Eurycleia, then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Who Is Laertes in The Odyssey?

18. Who Is Laertes in The Odyssey?

Homer's famous epic ''The Odyssey'' has given us many memorable characters since it was composed, including Laertes. In this lesson, discover who Laertes is and understand his role in ''The Odyssey''. Test your knowledge with a quiz.

Odyssey Character List & Flashcards

Odyssey Character List & Flashcards

This epic flashcard set features the epic characters in Homer's epic 'The Odyssey.' Why so epic? An epic is actually the oldest form of literature in western civilization, and it features some of the most larger-than-life characters in its stories.

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