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Hi there guys! This is an old image done back in 2007 or so. Circe from greek myths
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In Greek mythology, Circe (Greek Κίρκη Kírkē, pronounced "Keer-keeh" "falcon") is a minor goddess of magic (or sometimes a nymph, witch, enchantress or sorceress), described in Homer's Odyssey as "The loveliest of all immortals". Having murdered her husband, the prince of Colchis, she was expelled by her subjects and placed by her father on the solitary island of Aeaea. Later traditions tell of her leaving or even destroying the island and moving to Italy. In particular she was identified with Cape Circeo there.

By most accounts, Circe was the daughter of Helios, the god of the sun, and Perse, an Oceanid. Her brothers were Aeetes, the keeper of the Golden Fleece and Perses, and her sister was Pasiphaë, the wife of King Minos and mother of the Minotaur. Other accounts make her the daughter of Hecate.Circe was renowned for her vast knowledge of drugs and herbs. Through the use of magical potions and a wand she transformed her enemies, or those who offended her, into animals.

In Homer's Odyssey, Circe is described as living in a mansion that stands in the middle of a clearing in a dense wood. Around the house prowled strangely docile lions and wolves, the drugged victims of her magic; they were not dangerous, and fawned on all newcomers. Circe worked at a huge loom. 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 swine 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 the messenger God, Hermes, who had been sent by Athena. Hermes told Odysseus to use the holy herb moly 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 and then remained on the island for one year, feasting and drinking wine. According to Homer, Circe suggested two alternative routes to Odysseus to return to Ithaca: toward the "Wandering Rocks" or passing between the dangerous Scylla and the whirlpool Charybdis, conventionally identified with the Strait of Messina. She also advised Odysseus to go to the Underworld and gave him directions

In the Aeneid, Aeneas skirts the Italian island where Circe now dwells, and hears the cries of her many victims, who now number more than the pigs of earlier accounts:

" The roars of lions that refuse the chain,
The grunts of bristled boars, and groans of bears,
And herds of howling wolves that stun the sailors' ears"
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Luck-Ian-Oh Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
DaimoNxx Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Naughty sorceress, sweet.  
bruiser128 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
"Beautiful but menacing" that's the only way to describe your drawing of circe.
Kitty9992 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Can you do Mulan?
tomytieneblas74 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So tempting ! :love:
renoraider Featured By Owner Edited Jul 3, 2014
I recommend reading with this. Read every stanza's analysis for maximum effect. If you thought of her as spiteful, manipulative or as a vile temptress, then this may make you think otherwise.…
Whiteknightofchaos Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing piece.
Nall608 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Amazing artwork and a beautiful woman.
pervisage Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Student Writer
Circe is better known as the (unoficial) Goddess of Witchcraft and she does have the habit or tendency of transforming all those who oppose her into animals (the real goddess of witchcraft if Hecate herself)
Kazaki89 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
I would like you to do a drawing of a Cossack warrior or god too! ;)
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