Moly

moly In Greek mythology, plant with a black root and white flower that saved Odysseus from Circe’s enchantments on her island, Aeaea, where he was detained for a year. The plant was given to Odysseus by Hermes. Moly is cited in Homer’s Odyssey (book 10), Spenser’s Faerie Queene, Milton’s Comus, Arnold’s The Strayed Reveller, and D. G. Rosetti’s The Wine of Circe.

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Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow– Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante

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