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Circe's Charms
ODYSSEY MAP: Circe
    Map showing the latest stage in Odysseus' voyage: to Circe's island via the Laestrygonians, a race of gigantic cannibals whom Odysseus and his crew encountered after being sent away by Aeolus.
Circe's Island?
    Circe's island, named by Homer as Aiaia ("Oh No!"), was later identified by classical Roman writers with Mount Circeo on the western coast of Italy some 100 km south of Rome. Although perhaps once an island, it is now linked to the mainland.
Circe: c.550 BC
    Detail from an Athenian wine cup (kylix) depicting Circe taking back a cup of magic potion from which one of Odysseus' comrades has just drunk and thus been transformed into a pig. Dating 560-550 B.C., this cup was painted by the "Painter of the Boston Polyphemos"; now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Circe: 2009
    Wonderful digital art by Coral Mcbride, 2009.
Circe: more images
    A fantastic set of ancient and modern paintings and drawings of Circe.
Hermes
    The Messenger of the Gods... and so kitted-out in winged-cap, winged-sandals and herald's staff. 
Here's his life-story for younger surfers and here it is for older readers.
Holy Moly!
    So what is Moly, the magical plant that acts as an antidote to Circe's magical potions? It's been suggested that it could be the Snowdrop that contains a substance that can reverse some hallucinogenic effects.
Source for the above section
> Homer, Odyssey, Book 10.

Trouble
Odysseus and Circe
    Getting cosy... Baroque painting by Dutch artist B. Spranger - c.1580; in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
Odysseus' adventures have so far resulted in quite a bit of trouble! All of them a result of greed - greed for food got him trapped in the Cyclops' cave (along with excessive inquisitiveness); greed for wealth and riches led to his companions opening the bag of winds; and greed for physical love has led Odysseus to stay with Circe for a whole year. There's a moral in here somewhere!
Source for the above section
> Homer, Odyssey, Book 10.

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