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Mythology & Beliefs: Circe
In Greek and Roman Mythology, Circe was a sorceress; daughter of Helios; changed Odysseus's men into swine.

Circe in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (Κίρκη), a mythical sorceress, whom Homer calls a fair- locked goddess, a daughter of Helios by the oceanid Perse, and a sister of Aeetes. (Od. 10.135.) She lived in the island of Aeaea; and when Odysseus on his wanderings came to her island, Circe, after having changed several of his companions into pigs, became so much attached to the unfortunate hero, that he was induced to remain a whole year with her. At length, when he wished to leave her, she prevailed upon him to descend into the lower world to consult the seer Teiresias. After his return from thence, she explained to him the dangers which he would yet have to encounter, and then dismissed him. (Od. lib. x.--xii.; comp. Hyg. Fab. 125.) Her descent is differently described by the poets, for some call her a daughter of Hyperion and Aerope (Orph. Argon. 1215), and others a daughter of Aeetes and Hecate. (Schol. ad Apollon. Rhod. 3.200.) According to Hesiod (Hes. Th. 1011) she became by Odysseus the mother of Agrius. The Latin poets too make great use of the story of Circe, the sorceress, who metamorphosed Scylla and Picus, king of the Ausonians. (Ov. Met. 14.9, &c.) - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.

Circe in Wikipedia In Greek mythology, Circe (pronounced /ˈsɜrsiː/; Greek Κίρκη KÝrkē "falcon") is a minor goddess of magic (or sometimes a nymph, witch, enchantress or sorceress) living on the island of Aeaea, famous for her part in the adventures of Odysseus in Homer's Odyssey. By most accounts, Circe was the daughter of Helios, the god of the sun, and Perse, an Oceanid, and the sister of Aeetes, the keeper of the Golden Fleece, and PasiphaŰ, the Wife of King Minos and mother of the Minotaur.[1] Other accounts make her the daughter of Hecate.[2] Circe transformed her enemies, or those who offended her, into animals through the use of magical potions. She was renowned for her knowledge of drugs and herbs. That Circe also purified the Argonauts for the death of Apsyrtus, as related in Argonautica,[3] may reflect early tradition.[4]...

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