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The Adventurer Odysseus and the Sorceress

After the fall of Troy, to which the hero and king Odysseus significantly contributed, Odysseus started his long journey back home. He went through a number of almost impossible adventures and came out victorious.

My embroidery shows one of these adventures: Odysseus with the sorceress Kirki at his feet.

In brief, this is how this adventure is recorded:

Odysseus reached an island on which lived Kirki, a sorceress, who turned his men into pigs. But pre-warned by the gods Odysseus protected himself from her magic by eating a protective herb.

After resisting her magic, he threatened to kill her. Submitting to him, she eventually turned his men back into humans. They stayed on the island for a whole year.

On their departure and seeing his future options and challenges, Kirki gave him many warnings and much advice that helped him win over the many challenges and adventures that lay ahead.

The “Odyssey” is an epic poem, a collection of the adventures of the hero Odysseus that were passed down by word of mouth over hundreds of years and finally put to paper by the Greek writer Homer in the 8th century B.C.

It is a sequel to Homer’s other epic poem, Iliad and it tells of the eventful 10-year-long journey it took Odysseus to return home to Ithaki after the end of the 10-year Trojan War.

Odysseus

King Odysseus, Adventurer and Hero of the Odyssey