Circe Offering the Cup to Ulysses

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Circe Offering the Cup to Ulysses
Circe Offering the Cup to Odysseus.jpg
ArtistJohn William Waterhouse
MediumOil on canvas]
Dimensions148 cm × 92 cm (58 in × 36 in)
LocationGallery Oldham, Oldham

Circe Offering the Cup to Ulysses is an oil painting in the Pre-Raphaelite style by John William Waterhouse that was created in 1891.[1]

The painting depicts a scene from the Odyssey. Circe, a sorceress, offers a cup to Odysseus (commonly Ulysses in English).[2] In the cup is a potion. Circe seeks to bring Ulysses under her spell, as she has done with his crew. One of Ulysses' crewmen has been transformed into a pig and can be seen beside Circe's feet. Ulysses' reflection can be seen in the mirror which is behind Circe's throne.

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  1. ^ Circe, John William Waterhouse (1849–1917), Gallery Oldham, Art UK, [1]
  2. ^ "Latin Ulixes from one of several Greek variants; hence English Ulysses"  – (2012) "Odysseus", The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4 ed.) Edited by Simon Hornblower, Antony Spawforth, and Esther Eidinow, Oxford University Press, 9780199545568