Description: Odysseus and his men were on a journey home and they ran out of supplies. They decided to stop and kindly ask someone for hospitality. They stumbled upon the home of Circe, a goddess, and asked for help. They asked her for food, water, shelter, and other supplies. She allowed them in. When they entered the house she gave them food and wine. The men got drunk off the wine and Circe used it to her advantage. She turned them all into pigs. After awhile, Odysseus arrives to save his men, with a special plant from Hermes (the god)to weaken Circe's power. Circe realizes Odysseus is just as powerful as she is, ad releases Odysseus"s men after turning them back to humans. Odysseus begs Circe for help to get back home. She responds to their pleas by telling Odysseus alone to go to the land of the dead.
Explanation: The Circe episode is important to the first part of the Odyssey because it was one of the challenges that Odysseus faces on his voyage back to Ithaca. It is also important because when Odysseus defeats Circe and she has turn turn his men back to humans she curses him and tells him that he alone must go to the underworld. That is just one of the many curses he received.
" Dear friends,no need for stealth...Goddess she is, or lady. Shall we greet her?" (558-560).
Ummmm We don't feel so good.
Follow me kind men
There is no way to save you poor souls
Hermes has given me this great plant to save my men. You are weak. Turn them back