Zeus only plays a minor role in "The Odyssey," showing up now and then to weigh fates in his scales, giving Odysseus a bit of help or allowing Athena to help out her clever favorite. However, as far as the gods go in Homer's epic, Poseidon and Athena play a far more important role than the king of Mount Olympus.Continue Reading
At the beginning of his journey home from Troy, Odysseus takes pride in his own ability in overcoming the Trojans with the ruse of the wooden horse. Poseidon hears him and takes offense, because it was the serpent from the sea that convinced the Trojans to bring the horse filled with Greek soldiers inside the walls of the city. Later, Odysseus further enrages Poseidon by blinding his son, Polyphemus the Cyclops. The crowning irony is that while Poseidon is away at a wedding feast, Odysseus washes ashore in the land of the Phaeacians, who are the ones who take Odysseus back to Ithaca.
Athena, goddess of wisdom, loves the wily and clever Odysseus, helping him throughout the epic. Whether taking the human form of Mentor to advise Odysseus' son Telemachus or giving Odysseus the guise of an old beggar to help him trick the suitors of Penelope, Athena is clearly on Odysseus' side.Learn more about Classics
In the "Odyssey," Eurycleia is a servant in the household of Odysseus who took care of both him and his son, Telemachus, during their childhood days. During Odysseus' absence, Eurycleia serves the role of the confidant for both Penelope and Telemachus.Full Answer >
The Odyssey has many different archetypes that are still relevant in literature, film art, and theater. Some of the archetypes include the trickster, the mentor, the temptress and the underworld archetype.Full Answer >
In Homer's "The Odyssey," Athena helps Odysseus after he escaped from Calypso's island and guides him along his journey. Because Athena is patron goddess of heroes, it is her job to protect Odysseus from danger.Full Answer >
Some of the central characters in "The Odyssey" include Odysseus, Agamemnon, Telemachus, Penelope and Laertes. Greek gods and goddesses including Athena, Zeus and Poseidon also play a role in the story.Full Answer >