Circe (Circe) or Pickaxe (Κίρκη), in Greek myth-making, the daughter of Helios and the oceanis of Perseid, a representative of witchcraft. The powerful sorceress Circea was the sister of the Colchian king Eet and the wife of King Minos Pasifai, aunt Medea, she lived in a luxurious palace among the forests on the island of Ea, where the Odysseus ship was brought during her wanderings by sea.
Odysseus gave the order to scout the unfamiliar land and sent a dozen people deep into the island, but not all returned. When the part of the team that set off to explore the island was converted by the Circe into pigs, Odysseus went alone to the sorceress’s house and with the help of the wonderful plant given to him by Hermes defeated the spell of the goddess.
The enchantress, recognizing the hero as a brave guest, suggested that he stay with her on the island and share her love. Odysseus was inclined to offer the witch, but first made her swear that she was not plotting anything bad against him, and to return the human image to his companions, converted into pigs.
After living a year on the island in bliss and contentment, Odysseus, at the insistence of his comrades, began to ask Circe to let them go home and, having received the consent of the goddess, went first, on her advice, to the region of Hades.
In the possessions of the god of darkness, Aida Odysseus was to learn from the prophet Tiresias about the trials ahead of him. Having received the desired information from Tiresias, Odysseus returned to the island of the sorceress of Circe and, warned by her about the dangers that await him at the island of Siren, in the strait where Scylla and Charybdis live, and on the island of Trinacria, set sail further (Homer, Odyssey, X 207-574). From Odysseus, the son of Telegon was born at Circe (Gigin, Fabula, 127). According to other legends, from the connection of Circe with Odysseus, her son Agri, or Avson, or Latin was born.
The myth of Jason’s journey behind the Golden Fleece tells of how the Circe cleans Medea and Jason from the murder they committed of Medea Apsirt, but expels them from their possessions (Apollonius of Rhodes, IV 559-572). There is a legend about the hopeless love of Circe for the sea god Glaucus, whom the sorceress avenged by the power of her charms turned her beloved Scylla into the monster.
There is also a myth about the love of the sorceress and sorceress of Circe to the king of Avzonia, the son of Saturn, Pik, who was turned into a woodpecker by the goddess. In the end, the sorceress Circea married the eldest son of Odysseus and Penelope, Telemachus.