satyr and silenus

satyr and silenus

In Greek mythology, wild woodland creatures that are part man and part beast, the bestial part being represented as the legs of a goat or horse. From the 5th century BC, the name Silenus was applied to the foster father and tutor of Dionysus. Satyrs and sileni are depicted in art and literature in the company of nymphs, whom they constantly pursue. Praxiteles' sculptures represented a new artistic type in which the satyr was young and handsome.

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