The Powerful Sorceress Circe from Greek Mythology

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Kelly Macquire
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published on 26 March 2023

Circe (also spelt Kirké) is a powerful sorceress and goddess in Greek mythology with an exceptional talent for mixing drugs. She was the daughter of the sun-god Helios and the Oceanid Perseis. Circe’s home was found on the wooded island of Aeaea and was guarded by men she had turned into wolves and lions.

Despite having no particular love for humankind, Circe famously found herself embroiled with the hero Odysseus after he and his men arrived on her island. She is also responsible for turning the beautiful nymph Scylla into a fearsome sea monster. In the Aeneid by Virgil (70-19 BCE), Aeneas sails right past her island after he had been warned to avoid her by Odysseus’ men.

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— CHAPTERS —
0:00​ Introduction
0:55 Who Is Circe?
2:28 Circle and Odysseus
5:51 Other Stories of Circle
9:14 Outro

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Circe https://www.worldhistory.org/Circe/
Greek Mythology https://www.worldhistory.org/Greek_Mythology/
Odysseus https://www.worldhistory.org/odysseus/
Scylla and Charybdis https://www.worldhistory.org/Scylla_and_Charybdis/
The Aeneid https://www.worldhistory.org/The_Aeneid/

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About the Author

Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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Macquire, K. (2023, March 26). The Powerful Sorceress Circe from Greek Mythology. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2927/the-powerful-sorceress-circe-from-greek-mythology/

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Macquire, Kelly. "The Powerful Sorceress Circe from Greek Mythology." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified March 26, 2023. https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2927/the-powerful-sorceress-circe-from-greek-mythology/.

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Macquire, Kelly. "The Powerful Sorceress Circe from Greek Mythology." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 26 Mar 2023. Web. 22 Apr 2024.

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