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All About Pan
demeter and persephone myth
Fates, Furies, and Graces
Greek Monsters and Mythical Creatures
Greek Mythology in Popular Culture
Greek Myths Including Hera
Other Greek Gods
Penelope and Telemachus
Popular Greek Myths
The Iliad, Epic Poem told by Homer
The Odyssey - Circe
The Odyssey - Polyphemus
The Odyssey - The Laestrygones
The Odyssey - The Lotus Eaters
The Odyssey - Underworld
The Odyssey- Cattle of Helios
The Trojan Horse
S A T Y R S
are portrayed as half-man and half-goat. These mythical creatures usually live in the woods and mountains. Their leader is
the nature god. They are servants to
, the God of Wine. The Romans call satyrs "fauns". Some famous satyrs are Marsyas, Onthyrius, and Silenus. Satyrs are usually illustrated with furry hindquarters, horns, hooves and other goat-like features. These type of Satyrs appear more in Roman Mythology. Early Satyrs were called Sileni. Sileni had a horse's tail and ears.
Satyr's family Background:
The poet Nonnos said that Satyrs were the offspring of Iphthimê (Daughter of Doros) and
Some symbols of Satyrs are hares and reed pipes.
A hare, symbol of the satyr
The Satyr Marsyas challenged
, the god of music, to a contest to see who could play the sound on their instrument better.
played the four-string lyre. Marsyas' flute used to be
's, but she threw it away because her cheeks puffed up when she played it, and the other Gods called her ugly.
declared that Marsyas' flute playing was better, so
gave King Midas the ears of a donkey. Apollo was then proclaimed the winner, and Marsyas was flayed alive by
for losing. Satyrs are not immortal; Marsyas was killed by
Abilities and Responsibilities of Satyrs:
Satyrs are known for being very talented musicians, playing either the lyre, reed pipes, or flute. Satyrs are the personal servants of
is the wine God; wine and drinking are one the the satyrs' main interests, so they are usually drawn to wine. In many illustrations, they are shown partying with
, and other mythical creatures.
Satyrs are often known for being mischievous and drinking wine most of the time. During festivals where the people of Athens worshiped Dionysus, they performed plays often associated with satyrs. In the city Attica, there were a genre of plays called Satyric, where most of the characters were satyrs. One of these plays was called Cyclops, by Euripedes (A Greek writer). In the movie, The Chronicles of Narnia, a satyr appears as one of the characters, named Mr. Tumnus.
A Satyr from the Chronicles of Narnia.
A Satyr playing reed pipes
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