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Rosie O, Asia M. ,Alexius H.,and Jacourtney N.

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Background information

Circe, daughter of the sun, was a sorceress best known for her ability to turn men into animals with her magic wand. The daughter of Perse and Helios, and whose daughter is Aega (goddess of the sun) she is remembered for her encounter with Oblyeseus and his men, and renowned for her knowledge of magic and poisonous herbs.By most accounts, Circe was the daughter of Helios the god of the sun, and Perces an Oceanid and the sister of Aeetes, the keeper of the golden Fleeces, Perces, and Phasiphae the Wife of king Minos and mother of the Minotour Other accounts make her the daughter of Hecate.Circe transformed her enemies, or those who offended her, into animals through the use of magical potions. She was known for her knowledge of drugs and herbs.


Special Talents

  • Circe the Greek goddess was skilled in the magic of metamorphosis.

  • She had the power of illusion,and the dark of necromancy she was a minor of magic.

  • She turned Odysseus men into swine, she turned humans into wolves,lions or swine.

  • she decoyed sailors and treacherously changed them into beasts and she had the power to turn wonder woman into clay..

Weaknesses- When ships would come onto Circe's island she would turn all the men and even some women she didn't like into animals mostly pigs .she would do this by putting certain herbs into their foods then changing them with her scepter until Odysseus stopped her with the help of the god Hernes.she wasn't a goddess just a sorceress.

Myth/story

Circe is said to live in a mansion that stands in the middle of a clearing in a dense wood. Around the house prowled angry vicious lions and wolves, the drugged victims of her magic they were not dangerous, and liked all newcomers maybe because they wanted company. She invited Odysseus' crew to a feast of familiar food, a pottage of cheese and meal, sweetened with honey and laced with wine, but also laced with one of her magical potions, and she turned them all into pigs with a wand after they gorged themselves on it. Only Eurylochus, suspecting treachery from the outset, escaped to warn Odysseus and the others who had stayed behind at the ships. Odysseus set out to rescue his men, but was intercepted by Hermes, who told him to use the holy herb, Molly, to protect himself from Circe's potion and, having resisted it, to draw his sword and act as if he were to attack Circe. From there, Circe would ask him to bed, but Hermes advised caution, for even there the goddess would be treacherous. She would take his manhood unless he had her swear by the names of the gods that she would not.Odysseus followed Hermes's advice, freeing his men. Odysseus and his men remained on the island for one year feasting and drinking wine. According to Homer, Circe suggested to Odysseus two alternative routes to return to Ithaca toward the "Wandering Rocks" where King Aeolus reigned or passing between the dangerous Scylla and the whirlpool Charybdis, conventionally identified with the Strait of Messina.This adventure, like the story of the Cyclops, is a fairy tale of wide dispersion. In 1869 G.K.C. Gerland showed that the story makes part of the collection of Somadeva, Kathāsaritsāgara, a store of Indian tales, of which 1200 AD is the approximate date. Circe appears as a Yackshini, and is conquered when an adventurer seizes her flute whose magic music turns men into beasts. The Indian Circe had the habit of eating the animals into which she transformed men.





 Circe
Circe


Poem

(C) is for courageous
(I) is for illusion
(R) is for righteous
(C)is for criminal
(E)is for evil
(Goddess)
(G)is for goddess
(R)is for ritual
(E)is for ethical
(E)is for eager
(K)is for Kirke
Circe is the name
Greek Goddess

Random fact:

There is a school called "Circe" in Alexandria

Is Circe even a goddess?:

Circe was indeed considered a Goddess, the Goddess of Sorcery, in fact. It's mentioned many times in The Odyssey, Odysseus even refers to her as a goddess. She mixed chemicals and added them to the drinks of men who came to her island after she'd had her way with them. The potions caused them to turn into animals. Odysseus was the only one who withstood her power thanks to a drug called molly given to him before hand, and Circe was so taken with him that she let his men go free, turning them back to human, but prettier than they previously were. Plus she only housed Him and his men for one year, before his crew convinced him to resume the journey home. And she didn't keep them captive at all, they stayed of their own free will and left of their own free will as well, with provisions sent with them from Circe. She even went so far as to warn them what was ahead and give them directive on what they should do to survive. They even returned to her after their venture to the world of the dead for one more night of feasting before they resumed the voyage home with all the information they'd gotten from the underworld, and she helped them again, further warning Odysseus of what lies ahead.




















Refrences

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/jan/18/greekmyths.greekmythsfeatures2

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Who_is_Circe_in_%27The_Odyssey%27 httpcitation.net

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circe

http://messagenetcommresearch.com/myths/bios/circe.html