Historical Characters

The Greeks Leaders at Troy and their Circle

Odysseus – Lord of the kingdom of Ithaka and the leader of the Kephallenians

Agamemnon – King of Mykenai and overlord of the Greek forces at Troy

Menelaos – King of Sparta and brother to Agamemnon, whose wife Helen’s elopement with a Trojan prince sparks the Trojan Wars

Achilles – The leader of the Myrmidons from northern Greece and the Greeks’ most able warrior

Ajax, son of Telemon – Nicknamed “The Big One” due to his huge towering size

Ajax, son of Oileus – Is known as “The Lesser one” to distinguish him from the son of Telemon. Is known for his ruthlessness in battle.

Diomedes – a Greek leader from Argos, a kindred spirit to Odysseus and often accompanies him on missions

Nestor – King of Pylos and a generation older than the other Greek leaders

Idomeneus- Ruler of Krete and one of the Greek leaders

Neoptolemos – Achilles’ son, who is brought to Troy later in the war to fight on the Greek side

Iphigeneia – The eldest daughter of Agamemnon and Klytaimnestra, sacrificed at Sacrificed at Aulis so the Greek fleet can sail to Troy

Kalchas – Summoned by Agamemnon from Megara to act as the chief priest to the Greeks

Klytaimnestra- Queen of Mykenai and wife of Agamemnon, the chief leader. She rules Mykenai in her husband’s absence

Epeios – a carpenter

 

 

The Trojans

Priam – King of the Trojans

Hekabe – Queen of the Trojans and Priam’s wife

Antenor – A Trojan noble and counsellor to Priam, the Trojan King

Hector – A Trojan Prince and older son of Priam. Regarded as the Trojans’ best warrior

Alexandros –Priam’s son, known for his striking looks, who seduces Helen while a guest in Sparta and brings her back to his home city of Troy

Helen of Troy – Queen of Sparta and married to Menelaos, but she embarks on an affair with the Trojan Prince Alexandros and is persuaded to leave her husband

Andromache – wife of the Trojan Prince Hector

Astyanax – The young son of Hector and Andromache
Kassandra – Daughter of Priam and Hekabe, who serves as a priestess to Apollo and is gifted with the second sight

 

 

The Kephallenian Contingency

Eurylochos – Odysseus’ captain and second in command. He is a boyhood friend from Ithaka

Neritides – a Kephallenian warrior from Same

Elpenor – a Kephallenian warrior and one of the youngest fighters present at Troy

 

 

At Aiaia

Kirke – priestess to the nature goddess Feronia and believed to be a witch

Tiresias- a blind priest, gifted with the sight of prophecy

 

 

Odysseus’ Household and Extended Family on Ithaka

Telemachos – Odysseus’ son with Penelope and still an infant child when his father departs for Troy

Penelope – Odysseus’ wife and Queen of the Kingdom of Ithaka

Eumaios – a lowly herdsman, who first encounters Odysseus on his return to Ithaka

Epicaste- The daughter of Nestor, who marries Telemachos and bears him two sons and a daughter

Peisistratos – Epicaste’s brother and therefore brother-in-law to Telemachos. The two men form a close friendship after Telemachos travels to Pylos for news of his father.

Persepolis – The son of Telemachos and the eldest of Odysseus’ two grandsons

Laertes – Odysseus’ father and King of Ithaka.

Antikleia – Odysseus’ mother and former queen of Ithaka

Autolykos – Odysseus’ maternal grandfather, whose name means “like a wolf” and is known for his wiliness