Sirens

Sirens are from Greek mythology and are said to be seductive bird-women, but sometimes they are portrayed as women who live near water and sing to lure men to them, before drowning them.

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Greek and Roman Mythologies
The Odyssey
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What are the threats posed by the sirens and by scylla and charybdis?

Sirens- the lure you into your death with their beautiful singing. Scylla- plucks your sailors out of the sea and eats them. Charybdis- sucks all the water out of the sea.

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Why did Sirens kill sailors?

Because they are evil

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What effect does the Siren's song have on its listeners?

They draw you to them from thief sound

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Siren is to shrill as heartbeat is to what?

Halt.

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What danger did odyssey and his men face when they encounter the sirens?

The danger that they faced as a whole is that if they did not plug their ears as they did or if they were not tied to an unmovable object then they would be drawn into the ocean where they would slowly drown.

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Where did sirens in greek mythology come from?

They were born, daughters of the river god Achelous - or the sea god Phorcus- and Sterope/Terpsichore/Melpomene /Calliope/Gaea.

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The Odyssey
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How is Odysseus able to listen to the sirens safely?

they tied him to the mast of the ship and all other crew had their ears blocked so that they could not hear the music

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Greek and Roman Mythologies

What is the function of the muses in Greek mythology?

i think they tought knowledge and poetry

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The Odyssey
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How is Odysseus able to listen safely to the Sirens?

He is tied to a pole by his men so that he cannot move or turn the ship into their trap. His men couldn't do anything either because they didn't hear it, they had wax in their ears.

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What danger did Odysseus and his man face when they encountered the sirens?

The song of the Sirens hypnotized his men into yearning to sail toward the island at which they resided luring them to their doom.

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How does the speaker in Atwood's Siren Song contrast with Homer's Sirens in the Odysseus?

A article by Ashley Drake addresses this better then I.

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Tundra
Dwarf Planets
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What eat Southern Dwarf Sirens?

I dont know if it was a dwarf siren because it was rather large ,but the owner of the light house landing resort and marina in grand rivers,kentucky photographed a grey herin ingulf a siren that looks to me to be at least 4ft long,could u imagine being witness? swallowed it hole...sweet

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What is it that the sirens offer Odysseus?

The song implies they admired him, that they would hear of his deeds and knew of more great things.

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What does a Siren look like?

half woman half bird

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Athena (Minerva)
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Persephone (Proserpina)

What are some interesting facts about Athena?

  • Athena is a virgin goddess
  • she was born after Zeus swallowed Metis because if she had a son he would overthrow him
  • Athena has Pallas in front of her name because of her childhood friend Pallas
  • she is the goddess of wisdom strategy strength justice and skill
  • her symbol was the olive tree
  • the city of Athens was named after her
  • No siblings and no husband
  • Favorite daughter of Zeus
  • Goddess of wisdom, the arts, war, industry, justice and skill
  • Mother was Metis
  • Hercules' half sister
  • Invented the flute
  • Sprang fully grown from Zeus's head because he swallowed Metis when she was pregnant
  • turned Medusa into a monster; gave her the hair of snakes
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Who told the sirens that Odysseus was coming?

Possibly no one if anyone possibily the gods (if any then Posieden) but since the Sirens are there to draw humans to their island then they must know about everybody and how to draw all in and since Homer doesnt describe any of the other songs that the Sirens would try (or tried) to sing to the rest of his crew then they knew that Odyesseus was the only one that could hear them and so if they knew that then they could know that he and whoever else is coming what they wanted to hear

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What do sirens look like?

Sirens are mythical creatures who were dangerous yet beautiful.
They are normally portrayed as "femme fatales" who captivated doomed sailors with their enchanted singing to shipwreck their vessels by luring them towards rocks.


To answer your question:
In early Greek mythology, they were portrayed as large birds with women's heads. They had feathers and scaly feet. As you would imagine, they were rather unattractive.
Sometime later however, sirens were mainly portrayed and described as beautiful nude, humanoid women.
Sometimes in the modern era they are described as being water-like manifestations of nude women, like a ghostly figure but composed of water. However they are most commonly, especially in classical literature and art, simply described as incredibly beautiful nude women with powerfully enchanting voices.


Sirens are not mermaids, but the two are often mixed up, especially in literature and film where the author or writer hasn't done enough research into the topic before writing.
Sirens are merciless killers who use their beauty and voice to lure people to their deaths.
Mermaids or merfolk are half-fish, half-humanoid figures and do not sing to lure people.


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What kind of symbols do the sirens have?

The sirens were a symbol of the dangers of the sea in ships and sailors not coming back to shore or family.

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How many sirens were in The Odyssey?

There were three sirens in the odyssey: Thelchtereia, Aglaope, and Peisinoe.

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How long did the sirens live?

About 300 years
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What does a siren do to you?

A siren will drown you but no worries it is a mermaid and mermaids are myths and myths are not real.

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What would be the name Helios demi god?

Helios is a god, born of Theia and Hyperiôn in ancient Greek myth.

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The Odyssey
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Who warns Odysseus about the sirens?

Circe.

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What do siren eat?

humans

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What happens if sailers listen to the sirens in Odysseus?

If a sailor listens to a siren sing , he becomes hipnotized and gets loured away to the siren's home , in an undiscovered cave. When the sailor wakes up he is tied up with seaweed , unable to move and then the sirens get curious with the strange looking body and keep touching it , witch makes the sailor laugh as the "mermaid" is so called tickling him , but after a while , the mermaids get hungrey and feed on human flesh until it is time to hunt again.

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