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Name the two goddesses who hold Odysseus captive in "The Odyssey".Who are the...

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andi320 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 26, 2008 at 6:11 AM via web

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Name the two goddesses who hold Odysseus captive in "The Odyssey".

Who are the witch and the nymph who hold Odysseus captive against his will while on his travels home from the Trojan War?

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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted November 26, 2008 at 6:37 AM (Answer #1)

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The goddess/witch is Circe.  She turns his men to swine and he ends up staying there for a year before he leaves.  Then the other goddess/nymph is Calypso.  She keeps him on her island for seven years.  She wants him for herself, but he longs to go home to his wife.  Zeus finally tells her that she must let him go.

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