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Circe's Swine

"In Homer’s epic, Circe is a beautiful enchantress, daughter of the Sun, granddaughter of the Ocean, and sister of a wizard, and she dwells in luxury upon an island. Odysseus’s sole remaining ship lands upon this island, and, after seeing the smoke from her fireplace, he sends a search party to her castle seeking succour. Encouraged by her beautiful singing voice, the men beseech entry. Circe is more than happy to welcome them into her home, and all but one, who fears trickery, enter. Once she has them inside, Circe herself prepares a delicious meal for them, adding to it a potion to cause them to forget their homeland."

"In Greek legend, a sorceress, the daughter of the sun god Helios and the ocean nymph Perse. By means of drugs and incantations she turned humans into lions, wolves, or swine. Odysseus visited her on his return from the Trojan War, and she changed his companions into swine. Odysseus himself was protected by an herb given him by Hermes, and he compelled the sorceress to restore his companions. He and Circe became lovers, but after a yearlong stay he resumed his journey homeward."

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  • Greek Mythology
  • Jan 21, 2004
  • English

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