Odyssey - Circe's Island

Odyssey - Circe's Island

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  • Odysseus and his men landed of Circe's island. Odysseus sent some men to search the island and they came to Circe's halls. They heard singing inside.
  • "Some one is singing gracefully as she weaves her great web. And what she sings echoes throughout the house. Let's call to her." (P 198)
  • Circe invited them into her halls, but then she gave then a drugged drink, turned them into pigs, and put them in her pens.
  • "When they had drunk she struck them with her wand, then drove them off to pen them in her sties." (P 198)
  • But one man, Eurylochus, did not go in. He stayed outside and when he saw what had happened to the others he ran back to tell Odysseus and the rest of the men.
  • "They dropped from site together. Though I kept close watch - I waited long - no comrade reappeared." (P 199)
  • Odysseus went to rescue his men. As he went along he met Hermes. Hermes gave him a herb, its flower was white, which if he ate it Circe's magic spell would not work on him. Hermes also gave him advise.
  • "She'll mix a potion for you; she'll add drugs to that drink; but even with their force, she can't bewitch you; for the noble herb I'll give you now will baffle all her plots." (P 200)
  • Odysseus went to Circe's halls. She tired to put her spell on him, but could not because of the herb he had eaten. He came at her as it to kill he. She screamed for mercy and he made her swear not to carry out any more of her plots.
  • You surely are the man of many wiles, Odysseus, he whom I was warned against by Hermes of the golden wand: he said that you would come from Troy in a black ship." (P 201)
  • After Circe had sworn not to carry out any more plots, Odysseus did what she asked. He then got her to free his comrades from her spell and make them human again. She did. Then Odysseus went and got all his other men, beached his ship and returned to Circe's halls. Circe invited them stayed with her. They stayed for a year.
  • "Your minds can only think of bitter wanderings; you're worn and weary; without joy or ease; you've lived too long - too much - with grinding griefs." (P 205-206)
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