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Old 13-07-2014, 09:27 PM   #141
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In Greek mythology, the Sirens (Greek singular: Σειρήν Seirēn; Greek plural: Σειρῆνες Seirēnes) were dangerous yet beautiful creatures, portrayed as femme fatales who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. Roman poets placed them on some small islands called Sirenum scopuli. In some later, rationalised traditions, the literal geography of the "flowery" island of Anthemoessa, or Anthemusa, is fixed: sometimes on Cape Pelorum and at others in the islands known as the Sirenuse, near Paestum, or in Capreae.. All such locations were surrounded by cliffs and rocks..When the Sirens were given a name of their own, they were considered the daughters of the river god Achelous, fathered upon Terpsichore, Melpomene, Sterope, or Chthon (the Earth). In Euripides' play, Helen (167), Helen in her anguish calls upon "Winged maidens, daughters of the Earth"). Although they lured mariners, the Greeks portrayed the Sirens in their "meadow starred with flowers" and not as sea deities. Roman writers linked the Sirens more closely to the sea, as daughters of Phorcys.. Sirens are found in many Greek stories, particularly in Homer's Odyssey...

"They are mantic creatures like the Sphinx with whom they have much in common, knowing both the past and the future," Harris observed. "Their song takes effect at midday, in a windless calm. The end of that song is death." That the sailors' flesh is rotting away, suggests it has not been eaten.. It has been suggested that, with their feathers stolen, their divine nature kept them alive, but unable to provide food for their visitors, who starved to death by refusing to leave..According to Hyginus, sirens were fated to live only until the mortals who heard their songs were able to pass by them..Sirens were believed to combine women and birds in various ways. In early Greek art, Sirens were represented as birds with large women's heads, bird feathers and scaly feet. Later, they were represented as female figures with the legs of birds, with or without wings, playing a variety of musical instruments, especially harps. The 10th-century Byzantine encyclopedia Suda says that from their chests up Sirens had the form of sparrows, below they were women, or, alternatively, that they were little birds with women's faces. Birds were chosen because of their beautiful voices. Later Sirens were sometimes depicted as beautiful women, whose bodies, not only their voices, are seductive...

The so-called "Siren of Canosa" from Italy was said to accompany the dead among grave goods in a burial. She appeared to have some psychopomp characteristics, guiding the dead on the after-life journey.. The cast terracotta figure bears traces of its original white pigment.. The woman bears the feet, wings and tail of a bird.. The sculpture is conserved in the National Archaeological Museum of Spain, in Madrid..Odysseus was curious as to what the Sirens sang to him, and so, on the advice of Circe, he had all of his sailors plug their ears with beeswax and tie him to the mast. He ordered his men to leave him tied tightly to the mast, no matter how much he would beg. When he heard their beautiful song, he ordered the sailors to untie him but they bound him tighter. When they had passed out of earshot, Odysseus demonstrated with his frowns to be released..Some post-Homeric authors state that the Sirens were fated to dye if someone heard their singing and escaped them, and that after Odysseus passed by they therefore flung themselves into the water and perished.. It is also said that Hera, queen of the gods, persuaded the Sirens to enter a singing contest with the Muses. The Muses won the competition and then plucked out all of the Sirens' feathers and made crowns out of them.. Out of their anguish from losing the competition, writes Stephanus of Byzantium, the Sirens turned white and fell into the sea at Aptera ("featherless"), where they formed the islands in the bay that were called Souda (modern Lefkai)...

Hestina is a genus of butterflies in the family Nymphalidae..Siren is a genus of aquatic salamanders of the family Sirenidae. The genus consists of 2 living species, along with one extinct species from the Eocene Epoch and three from the Miocene.. The 2 living species have elongated, eel-like bodies, with 2 small vestigial fore legs..Siren Bay (Coordinates: 71°22′S 169°15′E) is a small bay formed by the configuration of the ice at the terminus of Shipley Glacier and the northwest side of Flat Island along the north coast of Victoria Land..Charted by the Northern Party, led by Campbell, of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910–13, and so named by them because they heard a noise like a ship's siren while mapping this Area.., I know you're planning a celibate life, but with half my chromosomes, I think that might be Tough..That's Mr. Crane..Oh G.. I think I might be pregnant with the next Jewish Italian Messiah...

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