The Sirens, Greek mythology, Greek Culture

Far out in the sea there was an island,on the rocky edge of which lived three Sirens,the three sisters of magic song. Half human and half bird,the Siren sisters sat in a field of flowers,singing in voices that excited the hearts of men. The attractive songs were so sweet that ships were attracted to the island and struck to pieces on the rocks. No sailor nor ship had ever been known to pass the Island of the Sirens without being attracted to  disaster .

Greek Culture

Acting on the advice of Circe,Odysseus took careful preparation against the Sirens. Before their ships came to where they could hear the song,Odysseus had himself tied to the  mast ,stopped the ears of his men with wax and ordered them to ignorehis orders and gestures when they were passing the fatal is land .

 

The Sirens, Greek mythology

The Sirens

 

Soon they came in sight of the rocky is land,and the attractive song reached the ears of Odysseus. It moved him so much that he struggled in  despair  to free himself and shouted for his men to turn towards the rich and flowery grass land of the singing sisters. But no one paid any attention to him. The sailorskept straight on until they were completely out of hearing. Then his friends freed him and took the Greek mythology wax out of their ears. For once the Sirens had sung with no effects. The eldest of the sisters,Partherope,loved Odysseus so much that she threw herself into the sea after his ships had passed.

 



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