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Odysseus and the Sirens, red figure stamnos vase, c. 480-460 BCE

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In this stamnos, a large jar used to store liquids, Odysseus is tied to the mast of his ship as his companions row and the Sirens swoop around him, singing their beguiling song. Here, the Sirens are represented as birds with female heads who have presumably flown from their island to meet the passing ship, though there is no such description in Homer.


British Museum, London. Images via Wikimedia Commons.

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