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LONELY PLANET

Circe’s Island
A History, Tour Guide, and Manual
Delaney Taylor, Sophia Kirkland, Blake Penney 11/29/2012

Table of Contents
PG. 2 PG. 3 PG. 6 PG. 9 Timeline of Aeaea Chapter 1 – Aeaea’s History and Heroes Chapter 2 – Lay of the Land Chapter 3 – Tips for Travelers

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HIGHLIGHTS OF

AEAEA’S PAST
THERE ARE NO DEFINED DATES BEFORE THE ISLAND WAS REFOUND. THESE ARE ROUGH ESTIMATES.

Prehistoric 1245 BC 1244 BC 1220 BC 1195 BC 2010 AD

Circe takes residence at Aeaea. Odysseus arrives at the island. Odysseus leaves Aeaea. Circe’s son leaves to seek his father. Circe’s son, Telegonus, returns with his brother Telemachus and his step mother Penelope as his wife. Island rediscovered in Europe.

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CHAPTER 1 THE WORLD OF THE ODYSSEY: CIRCE’S ISLAND

AEAEA’S HISTORY AND HEROES

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History
In Greek mythology, Circe’s island (Aeaea) was the home of an immortal enchantress named Circe. She was well-known for transforming her enemies into lions, wolves, and swine by offering them food tainted by herbs. The herb she used for the transformation is believed to have used is Circaea. The animals she transformed were intelligent and docile.

The Herb Circaea

During the Odyssey, Odysseus and his men called the Argonauts, landed on Aeaea. She invited his scouting party which was about half of his men into her house. She prepared them a feast with drugged food. The drugs turned all but one of his men into pigs. That one man, Eurylocus, had been suspicious of Circe’s hospitality and had refused to eat the food. Eurylocus went back to the Argonaut’s ship and told Odysseus what had happened. Odysseus ate a plant called Moley given to him by Hermes. It made him invincible to Circe’s magic. Odysseus stayed at Aeaea for roughly a year. He then continued on his voyage home to Ithaca.

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CIRCE
Goddess of magic BEST KNOWN FOR: Her involvement with Odysseus on his journey, the odyssey. LOCATION OF BIRTH: CRETE FAMILY: HELIOS (FATHER), PERSEIS (MOTHER), HYPERION, OCEANUS, (GRANDFATHERS),
THEIA, TETHYS (GRANDMOTHERS), AEETES, ALOEUS (BROTHERS), PASIPHAE (SISTER), MINOS (BROTHER-IN-LAW), TELEGONUS (SON), ITALUS (GRANDSON)

HOME: AEAEA WEAKNESS: WAS UNABLE TO PERFORM SPELLS ON THOSE WHO ATE THE HERB MOLEY. STRENGTHS: Ability to use herbs and incantations to do magic.

ODYSSEUS
King of Ithaca BEST KNOWN FOR: His journey from Troy to Ithaca, The odyssey during which he faced
many monsters and trials.

BORN: In Ithaca around 1220 B.C. FAMILY: FATHER – LAERTES, MOTHER - ANTICLEA, WIFE – PENELOPE, UNLAWFULLY
CIRCE, CHILDREN – TELEMACHUS (BY PENELOPE), AND TELEGONUS (BY CIRCE).

DEATH: Killed by his son Telegonus by mistake. His son did not know that he fought
and killed his father until afterward.

WEAKNESSES: Curiosity, Pride, and Sensuality STRENGTHS: Ability to analyze situations and fighting ability Interesting Fact: After his death, his sons, Telemachus and Telegonus, became
immortal and married each other’s mothers. Telemachus married Circe and Telegonus married Penelope.

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CHAPTER 2 THE WORLD OF THE ODYSSEY: CIRCE’S
ISLAND

LAY OF THE LAND

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Location and Layout
Circe’s Island (Aeaea) is believed to be an island off the coast of Italy. It fits with the path of the Argonauts and the description of the island in Homer’s ‘Odyssey’.

Aeaea is located off the shore of Italy, in Europe.

The island has a rough coastline and a forested area with a clearing in the middle. Aeaea has an abundance of mountains spread across it.

The vegetation on Aeaea is not typical of an average island. There is a much higher concentration of herbs and rare plants

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than is found on most islands. Some people believe that this validates the legends of Circe who grew herbs to use in her enchantments and potions.

An entry to the large garden in the center of Aeaea.

A main area at the center of the island is occupied by a large herb garden. Some of the herbs grown there are used in cooking recipes. Other varieties of plants found there are less common and slightly odd. Quite a few of them are narcotics and poisons. A few of the plants include Circaea, Moley, and other types of drugs.

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CHAPTER 3 THE WORLD OF THE ODYSSEY: CIRCE’S ISLAND

TIPS FOR TRAVELERS

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DETERMINING WHETHER A BEAST IS HOSTILE AND HOW TO REACT
Check their tail position and whether they are crouched to spring.

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The tail position applies to all canines and felines. Use the chart below as a reference. If the animal’s knees are slightly bent with their head low, be prepared. It is about to attack.

If the animal appears aggressive, make yourself appear as large as possible.

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Spread your arms and legs out like a jumping jack. This makes the animal reassess whether it can beat you in a fight. Scan the area for potential weapons or trees to seek safety in. Most large animals cannot climb so getting into a tree is a relatively safe thing to do. If you cannot climb a tree, grab a stone, branch, or other weapon. Try to avoid a fight, but if necessary aim for the beasts face. Remember to protect your abdomen. If fighting fails, curl into a ball with you back facing outward. This will help to protect your organs.

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DETERMINING WHETHER THERE ARE DRUGS IN YOUR FOOD
Identify the ingredients of your food before eating.

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If you aren’t sure what an ingredient is, then ask the cook. It is a good idea to disguise the question as a compliment. If you have already eaten the food, check yourself for memory loss. Ask yourself questions like the name of your hometown and parents’ names. If you find yourself showing symptoms of the drugs, (dizziness, loss of memory, or incapacitation) seek medical attention or leave the island.

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If possible always eat foods that you recognize. If you don’t recognize the food you are offered, ask the cook for a list of ingredients.

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HAVE MY FRIENDS BEEN DRUGGED?
Check them for a loss of memory.

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First ask basic questions like name and age. Follow with more specific questions like their birthday and hometown. Check for eye abnormality. If the eyes appear glazed or abnormally dilated then your friend is intoxicated.

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If intoxicated, try to seek medical assistance. You need to evaluate whether the medical staff can be trusted before consulting them.

If all else fails, leave the island and seek medical attention in your hometown.

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WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I GET LOST ON THE ISLAND?
Look around for any landmarks you recognize.

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There is a mountain in the middle of the island that you can always use as a reference. If you recognize a landmark, walk to it and proceed to familiar surroundings. Start walking toward the nearest shore. If you can’t see it, look for the down slope of land or the path of a river or stream. Walk along the shore until you see people. Preferably look for a family with children. They are usually trustable. Approach them and describe your predicament then travel with them to civilization.

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