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Camenae. These were not the Greek Muses, with whom they were identified by poets as early as the time of Livius Andronicus, but native Italian goddesses of song and prophecy (originally Casmenae from the root which appears also in carmen).437. At the end of the year's stay with Circe Ulysses is urged by his companions to renew the voyage homewards ( Od.X. 472-5). Circe consents to their departure, but bids Ulysses first to go down among the dead to consult Teiresias, an adventure which occupies Od.xi.On his return to Aeaea (ib. XII. 1-145) Circe predicts his future dangers from the Sirens, Scylla and Charybdis, and warns him not to injure the oxen of Helios in Thrinacia. Macareus is supposed to be landed in the course of the voyage to the Sicilian strait.
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