Circe is a goddess of magic, the daughter of Hecate.
Circe's parents were Helios, the Titan of the sun, and Hecate, the goddess of magic. Circe transformed her enemies, or those who offended her, into animals through the use of potions. She was renowned for her knowledge of drugs and herbs. Circe also purified the Argonauts for the death of Apsyrtus, as related in Argonautica, may reflect early tradition. In Homer's Odyssey, banished by the gods, Circe is described as living in a mansion that stands in the middle of a clearing in a dense wood.
Around the house prowled strangely docile lions and wolves, the drugged victims of her magic; they were not dangerous, and fawned on all newcomers. Circe worked at a huge loom. She invited Odysseus' crew to a feast of familiar food, a pottage of cheese and meal, sweetened with honey and laced with wine, but also laced with one of her potions, and she turned them all into pigs with a wand after they gorged themselves on it. Only Eurylochus, suspecting treachery from the outset, escaped to warn Odysseus and the others who had stayed behind at the ships. Odysseus set out to rescue his men, but was intercepted by Hermes, who gave him the holy herb moly to protect himself from Circe's potion and, having resisted it, he told him to draw his sword and act as if he were to attack Circe. From there, Circe would ask him to bed but Hermes advised caution, for even there the goddess would be treacherous. She would take his manhood unless he had her swear by the names of the gods that she would not.