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The Odyssey

The Odyssey

by Homer

Guide Mentor

Character Role Analysis

Athene

Did you notice how Athene takes the disguise of a man named Mentor? Homer wasn't being blatantly obvious: the word "mentor" actually comes from the Odyssey. (Props to Homer.) That means that Athene and the role she plays largely defines what we think of as the Guide or Mentor role. She's counselor, champion, cheerleader, and beautician for her favorite mortals.


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