Circe Painting - Odysseus and Circe in Greek Mythology

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Circe - With another of her deceased ex-lovers
Circe painting - Circe and Odysseus in Mythology

Circe painting - Circe and Odysseus in Homer's Odyssey, Greek Mythology

In Greek mythology, Circe is a goddess of magic (a witch, enchantress or sorceress) known for her knowledge of ***, herbs and magic potions. She lived in the woods on an island surrounded by tamed lions and other animals - presumably her enemies and lovers she had transformed. In Homer's Odyssey Circe invited Odysseus's crew to a feast and - the food being poisoned - turned them into pigs. Only one could escape and warn Odysseus who had stayed behind at the ships. Hermes advised Odysseus on strategies to use against Circe’s treacherous and dangerous witchcraft against men. Following Herme’s advice Odysseus could free his men and eventually leave Circe’s island. Circe became a symbol of the 'femme fatale' and man-devouring vamp.

Famous artists with paintings of Circe

John William Waterhouse, John Collier, Franz von Stuck, Crechetto, Hubert Maurer

To learn more about Circe see also the following related topics

Odyssey - Greek Mythology - femme fatale