Circe, the Grace of the Witch

Circe, the Grace of the Witch

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  • "The lone ship then sails to Aeaea, home of the goddess Circe, who is considered by many to be a witch."
  • "Eurylochus leads one platoon to explore the island, while Odysseus stays behind on the ship with the remaining crew."
  • "In the wild wood they found an open glade, around a smooth stone house-the hall of Circe."
  • "Dear friends, no need for stealth: here's a young weaver singing a pretty song."
  • "Scarce had they drunk when she flew after them with her long stick and shut them in a pigsty - bodies, voices, heads, and bristles, all swinish now, though minds were still unchanged."
  • "Eurylochus tells Odysseus what has happened and begs him to sail away from Circe's island.  Against this advice, however, Odysseus rushes to save his men from the enchantress.  On the way, he meets the god Hermes, who gives him a magical plant called moly to protect him from Circe's power."
  • "Circe gives Odysseus a magic drink, but it does not affect him and he threatens to kill her with his sword.  Circe turns the pigs back into men but puts them all into a trance.  They stay for one year, until Odysseus finally begs her to let them go home.  She replies that they must first visit the land of the dead and hear a prophecy from the ghost of Tiresias."
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