On May 6, 2021 the Folger hosts its Virtual Book Club, featuring a discussion on Circe by Madeline Miller. To prepare for the discussion, we have pulled together a list of resources related to Shakespeare and Greek mythology.
LISTEN to a related podcast episode
READ Shakespeare plays featuring characters appearing in Circe
LEARN about Shakespeare and Greek mythology
- Classical references in Shakespeare (Royal Shakespeare Company)
- Ovid’s Metamorphoses (British Library)
- Shakespeare’s Use Of Mythology (No Sweat Shakespeare)
- Circe Photo Essay compiled by Madeline Miller
EXPLORE references to Circe in Shakespeare’s plays
- Comedy of Errors (5.1.277) DUKE: Why, what an intricate impeach is this! / I think you all have drunk of Circe’s cup. / If here you housed him, here he would have been. / If he were mad, he would not plead so coldly. / You say he dined at home; the goldsmith here / Denies that saying. Sirrah, what say you?
- Henry VI, Part 1 (5.3.30) YORK: Damsel of France, I think I have you fast. / Unchain your spirits now with spelling charms, / And try if they can gain your liberty. / A goodly prize, fit for the devil’s grace! / See how the ugly witch doth bend her brows / As if with Circe she would change my shape.
- Quiz: Greek mythological figures in Shakespeare’s plays
GO FURTHER with an exploration of Greek tragedy
- 10 Greek Tragedies Every Literature-Lover Should Read (The Curious Reader)