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A Siren (Greek (singular): Σειρήν Seirēn; Greek (plural): Σειρῆνες Seirēnes) was a dangerous creature from Greek mythology that is portrayed as a femme fatale. The Sirens would lure nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices in order to shipwreck on the rocky coast of the island. Roman poets placed them on some small islands called Sirenum scopuli.
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' Helen 167, Helen in her anguish calls upon "Winged maidens, daughters of the Earth"). Although they lured mariners, for the Greeks the Sirens in their "meadow starred with flowers" were not 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.
In Popular Culture
- Sirens appear in Hero of Sparta II. In the game they can paralyse the player by screeching loudly.
- A siren is encountered by Orpheus in the side-scrolling video game The Battle of Olympus.
- Sirens appear in the God of War video game series.
- A pack of sirens known as Desert Sirens appear in God of War I.
- There is a siren character in League of Legends named "Nami"
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|Deities||Zeus • Poseidon • Apollo • Athena • Aphrodite • Ares • Artemis • Hermes • Dionysus • Hera • Hephaestus|
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|Titans||Atlas • Coeus • Crius • Cronus • Epimetheus • Gaia • Helios • Iapetos • Pallas • Perses • Prometheus • Oceanus • Hyperion • Rhea • Styx|
|Topics||Titanomachy • Overthrowing of Ouranus|