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Circes Island

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Introduction

Circe's Island * Came to the island Aeolia, home of minor God Aelous minor God of Winds. He had six sons and six daughters which were married to each other. * Aeolus entertained Odysseus and his men and told him the story. Gave him a bag of wind, so it will not blow them off course. * For 9 days and nights they travelled and Odysseus got tired and fell asleep. Odysseus men thought in the leather bag was gold and silver, that he didn't want to share. So they opened the leather bag and all the winds escaped. * When Odysseus awoke he was so disappointed in them he wanted to jump overboard but he carried on the journey. * The Odysseus and his men were driven back to Aelous . Odysseus and a few of his men went to visit Aelous , but Aelous told them to get off his island because he thought they had been cursed by the Gods and by helping Odes sues again he would make the God's angry at him . * Travelled for six days and night until came to Telepylus in the Laestrgonian land. Where excellent harbour narrow and then round in side. ...read more.

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* They could hear Circe's voice within, Polites then said either a women or a Goddess, so they should call for her. * They called for her and she came at once. They all went inside her palace except for Eurylochus . * They all sat down and Circe served them a mixture of cheese, barley, honey, Pramnian and a drug, to make them loose all memory of native land. * After they ate it they were pigs but with brains of human, she then locked them in a pigsty. * Eurylochus went back to Odysseus and told them how the men had disappeared. So Odysseus took his sword and went off to Circe's house (Eurylochus didn't want to go back he was too scared). * On his way he met Hermes, he gave Odysseus a drug that made his immune to evil. He told Odysseus that when Circe strikes him with her stick he must draw his sword and ask her to bed. He then warned Odysseus that he must not refuse Circe or she will strip him off his manhood and courage * Hermes then got an herb from the ground; it was a black root and a milk white flower, also known as molly. ...read more.

Conclusion

* Odysseus disheartened, asked Circe how he would get their because no one had ever been heir before. * She told him the way and when he reached West of river Styx, he must dig a trench as wide as a mans forearm and pour offerings to all the dead first mixture of honey and milk, then sweet wine and then water. Then must sprinkle barley over it and pray that when you reach Ithaca you will sacrifice a barren heifer , and make Teiresias a separate offering of jet black sheep. * After finished must sacrifice a ram and a black ewe. Then dead will come up, order your men flay sheep and sacrifice to Gods. Sit still with sword (with slaughtered blood on); do not let any ghosts near blood until you have questioned the prophet. * The prophet will tell Odysseus his route home, and how he will get home. * Then in morning Circe dressed Odysseus he then went and woke up all his men to tell them, they were going to leave. * Elpenor had gotten drunk and wanted fresh air so fell asleep on the roof. He forgot he was on the roof and walked of it and died. * Circe got everything ready for them and all they needed. They were very disappointed that they had to go to hell. ...read more.

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