Mythological Characters

Here is a list of mythological characters who are either referred or alluded to in the novel.

Actaeon – a human hunter torn to pieces by his own dogs after having been turned into a stag by Artemis, whom he had seen unrobed while bathing.

Aegisthus – murdered Agamemnon, with the help of the latter’s wife, Clytemnestra; killed in turn by Agamemnon’s son Orestes.

Aesculapius – god of healing.

Agamemnon – king of Mycenae at the time of the Trojan War; returned from the war with his mistress Cassandra

Aphrodite – goddess of love

Apollo – god of prophecy, light, poetry and music

Artemis – goddess of chastity, fighting, wild animals and hunting

Athene – goddess of wisdom

Atlas – a Titan who held up the sky

Demeter – goddess of grain

Dionysus – god of wine, intoxication and ecstacy

Odysseus – hero of The Iliad and The Odyssey; king of Ithaca

Orion – a hunter; blinded, he was healed by the sun, and is now among the stars

Penelope – wife of Odysseus who patiently waited and sewed for 20 years

Persephone – daughter of Demeter; raped by Pluto, king of Hades (the Underworld)

Philoctetes – sailor in The Odyssey. In some stories, it was Philoctetes who killed Paris.

Poseidon – god of the sea

Sisyphus – his fate in Hades was to roll a rock up a hill each day, only for it to roll back down

Tiresias – a blind prophet

Zeus – the king of the gods of Mount Olympus


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