►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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