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