Greek - A monster, part woman, part seabird. In some accounts the sirens were the daughters of Phorcus and Calliope or Ceto while others say that they were fathered by Achelous or Phorcus on either Melpomene or Terpsichore. The number and names of the group vary from one story to another and may be given as Himeropa and Thelxiepeia; Leucosia, Ligea and Parthenope; Aglaophone, Molpe, Peisinoe and Thelxiepeia. They were originally winged beings but, when they were defeated by the Muses in a music competition, they lost their wings and took to the sea, living on the island of Anthemoessa, where their songs charmed the crews of passing ships and lured them on to the rocks. Others say that they were originally maidens attendant on Core who were changed into the form of sirens for failing to prevent Core's abduction by Hades. In some accounts, when they failed to seduce Odysseus and his crew, they jumped into the sea and were drowned while others say that when they failed to seduce the Argonauts, being outsung by Orpheus, they jumped into the sea and were turned into rocks. They are usually depicted as birds with human faces. Occasionally called Siren, seirenes, seirenes, siren, sirenes, sirenes, 'binder', 'binder', plurS(e)irenes or plurS(e)irenes.

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