Mythical creatures and monsters


In Greek mythology, the Sirens are magical singers whose voice is irresistible. They were the daughters of Achel贸a (god of the great river) and Terpsichore (Muse of the Dance). Other sources state that they were the daughters of Forkys (sea god) and K茅t贸 (sea goddess).

The sirens, with their haunting and irresistible song, lured the sailors to the rocky island where their ships were wrecked. Originally, the Sirens were nymphs of the goddess Persephone. But after Hades kidnapped her, the Sirens became bitter and took revenge on the sailors. They were half women, half birds. According to other sources, they had two fish tails and bird wings.

The Sirens were also encountered by the hero Odysseus and the Argonauts on their voyage from the Trojan War. Odysseus recognized the island of the Sirens from a distance, so he ordered his sailors to cover their ears with wax to resist the Sirens' song. He did not deafen himself to hear their beautiful song. He did, however, allow himself to be chained to the mast. The Argonauts also resisted the Sirens' song, thanks to the singer Orpheus. He sang so loudly that he drowned out the Sirens.

The island where the Sirens lived is identified with the island of Sorrento or Capri.