Circeo

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Circe's kingdom

Circeo is the mountain that dominates this portion of the coast.
It is not exceptionally high (540 m) but its shape and its mighty emergence from the sea, they put it in great relief.

His fame dates back to the times of Ulysses and the Trojan War.
The Odyssey narrates that Ulysses and his companions stopped there and they remained there, prisoners of Maga Circe, who had turned them into pigs.

Circe's palace was on the island of Eea, which has always been identified with Mount Circeo.
This is actually connected to the mainland by a thin strip of land, very low and remained swamp until the last century.

Besides the pre-eminent position, the Circeo is characterized by its profile: the body of a person is clearly recognized, lying facing the sky.
In particular, the features of a face are very well recognized: nose, mouth, eyes, forehead, both from the land and from the sea.

The nose is about 60 meters long, the front a hundred, and so on: enormous dimensions compared to those of the famous Mount Rushmore, where the faces of the 4 American presidents are only 20 meters tall.

There are no certain studies on the origin of Circe's myth, but it is probable that it was born from the imagination of the ancient Greek sailors, who often sailed in this area and who needed points of reference on land, to calculate their position at sea .

They were people who could see a Chariot or a Lion in the dots of a few stars (we now know how to distinguish only the major ones).

They had a fervid fantasy: they saw gods, monsters and prodigies everywhere.
A face so well defined, not even to say feminine, knew it certainly recognize a thousand miles away!