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Odysseus and the Sirens

Odysseus and the Sirens

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Definition: Sirens are seductive female creatures in Greek mythology probably best known for their part in the Odyssey where their song lured sailors to their death. Odysseus ordered his crew to plug their ears with wax (on the advice of Circe) so as not to be lured by the Sirens' song. In another story from Greek myth, the story of the Argonauts, Orpheus sang sweetly enough to keep the men from succumbing to the Sirens.

There were either two or three Sirens, who were the daughters of the sea god Phorcys or the river god Achelous.

In art, the Sirens are depicted as part human and part bird, like an attractive version of the harpies.

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