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In Greek mythology, the Sirens were special sea Nymphs who were singing in a very seductive way

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Sirens, Alluring Sea Nymphs in Greek mythology
Funerary statue of Siren with raised wings, playing a lyre. National Archaeological Museum of Athens Greece
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Appearance of the Sirens

The Sirens were special Sea Nymphs who were living in an isolated island, the island of the Faiakes. They had the body of a bird, but their head was human-like.

What made the Sirens extraordinary?

The Sirens had the gift of singing in a very seductive manner. Each sailor who was passing by this island got enchanted by their voice and was condemned to stay in their island forever and die. All over the island of the Faiakes there were bones of sailors who weren’t able to resist the Sirens' divine melody.

The Sirens in the Odyssey

The Sirens are mostly mentioned by Greek poet Homer in his Epos "Odyssey", where the Sirens encounter Odysseus and his companions on their journey back to the island of Ithaca. The Sirens were expecting Odysseus’ arrival and immediately started singing- but Odysseus was prepared for the situation, so he told his companions to put wax in their ears and bind him strongly in the boat’s mast and to not obey to his beggings to free him. This way, Greek hero Odysseus was able to escape from the temptation and continue his long journey to Ithaca.


Modern words deriving from the god Sirens: Siren




Famous Sirens in Greek Mythology

Charybdis

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Scylla

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