The Odyssey Book 10

The Odyssey Book 10

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  • Odysseus and his men travel to Aeaea, home of the beautiful witch-goddess Circe. "The lone ship then travels to Aeaea, home of the goddess Circe, who is considered by many to be a witch." (1224)
  • Odysseus and his men find Circes beautiful home in a forest and go inside. "In the wildwood they found an open glade, around a smooth stone house - the hall of Circe" (1-2).
  • Circe drugs a band of Odysseus’s men and turns them into pigs. "Scarce had they drunk when she flew after them with her long stick and shut them in a pigsty-" (32-33).
  • When Odysseus goes to rescue them, Hermes approaches him in the form of a young man. He tells Odysseus to eat an herb called moly to protect himself from Circe’s drug.
  • Odysseus follows Hermes’ instructions, overpowering Circe and forcing her to change his men back to their human forms. Odysseus soon becomes Circe’s lover, and he and his men live with her in luxury for a year.
  • When his men finally persuade him to continue the voyage homeward, Odysseus asks Circe for the way back to Ithaca. She replies he must sail to Hades, the realm of the dead, to speak with the spirit of Tiresias, a blind prophet who will tell him how to get home.
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