n Akroterion - The character of Circe in the

Volume 53, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0303-1896
  • E-ISSN: 2079-2883
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This article gathered evidence from the to show that Circe possesses some good qualities and that her character displays various facets. She is not an unqualified villain, but compares favourably to the magicians Aeolus and Proteus. In certain respects she compares favourably even with the nymph Calypso, whom a modern reader of Homer may be inclined to deem more sympathetic on account of her suffering. Despite the danger implied in her magic, Circe does not conform to a stereotypical idea of the ''wicked witch''.

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