Sirens

Birds with women's bodies which lived at sea and would trick sailors jump in the sea with their wonderful, intoxicating song. Their father was the sea god Phorcys and mother the Muse Calliope.

Odysseus managed to save himself and his men from the Sirens by putting melted wax in his crew's ears and tying himself to the mast making the crew swear they would not release him however desperately he begged. So, he heard the song but made it past the sirens.

The Argonauts also met the Sirens but were saved because Orpheus was with them, and his music outshun the Sirens song.

The Sirens were also beaten by the Muses in a singing competition, and their feathers therefore symbolized the muses in art.

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