Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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(Σειρῆνες [Seirênes]; Latin Sirenes)

A. Myth

The S. are female chimeras living on islands, seashores and cliffs, bewitching passing sailors with their song and wrecking them. There are two sequences of names: Thelxiepeia, Aglaope and Peisinoe, deriving from Hesiod’s nomenclature, and Parthenope, Leucosia and Ligeia, which originate in southern Italian place names and can be traced back to Timaeus [22.291]. Their father is usually said to be the river-god Achelous; later genealogies make the Muses their mothers. The S.…

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Hinz, Berthold, “Sirens”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 17 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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