Silenoi

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Department
Classical Studies
Course
Classical Studies 3400E
Professor
Chris Piper
Semester
Fall

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1 Satyrs or silenoi are the male followers of the god Dionysus. They are imaginary inhabitants of the wild, unrestrained in their desire for wine and sex. . Thus satyrs are ambiguous creatures: grotesque hedonists and yet the immortal companions of a god. Satire has no connection with satyr: the Latin word satura means a mixture or a hodge- podge. Some characteristics of satyrs: • They’re usually portrayed naked. Satyrs rarely have hooves— Most have tails however. Satyr anatomy is rather selectively portrayed by the vase-painter. They go from being very equine/ donkey-like to somewhat more human in appearance — but their animal nature is not forgotten. They are often bearded and beetle- browed. • There are links to donkeys in the fact that they are ith
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