Odysseus and the Sirens

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published on 18 June 2014

NAM, Athens, 1130. Late 6th century BCE. This lekythos (perfume vessel) depicts the story of Odyssey, 12, where Odysseus is tied to his ship's mast in order to hear the music of the sirens, but to be restrained from straying into their danger. Odysseus wears a petasos, a typical traveling hat, and his short chiton is depicted in white. The bindings around Odysseus' wrists have been highlighted, and on either side of him is a diving dolphin, and a winged, bird legged siren, sitting atop a rock. The siren at right plays the auloi, at left, the chelys lyre.

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James Lloyd
James' main area of research is ancient Greek music, but he has general interests in mythology, religion, and art & archaeology. A self-confessed philhellene, James keeps at least one eye on the Roman pie.

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