Kirke

Detail from a pseudo-Chalciolian black-figure clay vase about 530 BC. Vulci. Antiquarium del Castello dell'Abbadia. Photo. Soprintendenza Archeologica dell'Etruria Meridionale, Rome 149040A witch who is visited by Odysseus on his way home from Troy. She drugs his companions so that they are turned into animals (animal-headed in art) but Odysseus is forewarned and given an antidote by Hermes. He confronts her and she restores his companions. She is sometimes shown naked (as a witch) holding the poisoned cup and stirrer.

Above: Detail from a pseudo-Chalciolian black-figure clay vase about 530 BC. Vulci. Antiquarium del Castello dell'Abbadia. Photo. Soprintendenza Archeologica dell'Etruria Meridionale, Rome 149040 © Vulci. Antiquarium del Castello dell'Abbadia