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Homer, Odyssey 12.39-46

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Circe warns Odysseus about the Sirens.

Σειρῆνας μὲν πρῶτον ἀφίξεαι, αἵ ῥά τε πάντας
ἀνθρώπους θέλγουσιν, ὅτις σφεας εἰσαφίκηται.
ὅς τις ἀιδρείῃ πελάσῃ καὶ φθόγγον ἀκούσῃ
Σειρήνων, τῷ δ᾽ οὔ τι γυνὴ καὶ νήπια τέκνα
οἴκαδε νοστήσαντι παρίσταται οὐδὲ γάνυνται,
ἀλλά τε Σειρῆνες λιγυρῇ θέλγουσιν ἀοιδῇ
ἥμεναι ἐν λειμῶνι, πολὺς δ᾽ ἀμφ᾽ ὀστεόφιν θὶς
ἀνδρῶν πυθομένων, περὶ δὲ ῥινοὶ μινύθουσι.

First you will come to the Sirens, who beguile all men who approach them. Whoever, through ignorance, comes near them and hears their voice, that man does not have his wife and little children stand by him and rejoice that he has returned home; instead the Sirens beguile him with their clear-voiced song, as they sit in a meadow, surrounded by a great heap of the bones of mouldering men with their skin shrinking round them.

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June 29, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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