“The siren song was a promise to Odysseus of mantic truths; with a false promise that he will live to tell them, they sing:
“Once he hears to his heart’s content, sails on, a wiser man.
“We know all the pains that the Greeks and Trojans once endured
on the spreading plain of Troy when the gods willed it so
all that comes to pass on the fertile earth, we know it all!”
(Homer’s “Odyssey” 12.188–91).”
►Greek Mythology: “The Sirens, Muses of the Lower World”:
The Sirens were sea nymphs who lured sailors to their death with a bewitching song.
They parents were River Achelous and the Muse Melpomene (Pseudo-Apollodorus). For Euripides, they were virgin daughters of Gaia (the Earth).
Their number is variously reported as between two and five.
In the “Odyssey”, Homer says nothing of their origin or names, but gives the number of the Sirens as two on an island in the western sea between Aeaea and the rocks of Scylla.
Hesiod says that they were three and that their names were Thelxiope or Thelxinoe, Molpe and Aglaophonos.
They are mantic creatures like the Sphinxwith whom they have much in common, as they also were believed to combine women and birds in various ways.
In early Greek…
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