In Greek mythology, the Sirens are depicted as part-woman, part-bird creatures who lure sailors to their doom through their haunting song.
Numerous ancient writers mention them, each a bit differently.
According to Homer, Odysseus heeded Circe’s warning and avoided the Sirens’ dangerous call by plugging his crew’s ears with beeswax. And he ordered his shipmates to bind him to the ships’s mast so he, himself, wouldn’t be entranced.
In later variants of the myth, the Sirens drown themselves after failing to destroy Odysseus and his crew.
Sirens also have been depicted in Greek myth as mermaids.
The ancient Greek philosopher, Plato, depicted them in the myth of Er toward the end of the Republic as makers of the music of the spheres.
In early Christian times actual belief in the Sirens was discouraged but they were still used as symbols of evil, temptation and womanly seduction. » Odyssey (The), Hero
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