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(Σιληνός/Silēnós, Σειληνός/Seilēnós; Doric Σιλανός/Silanós; Lat. Silenus, Silanus).

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I. Mythology Creature from Dionysus' entourage

Among the collectively acting silens or satyrs, one silen/Silen(us) stands out as a single figure whose origin remains unclear (perhaps comparable: Chiron among the centaurs; Pan in contrast to the various Pans). This figure was fleshed out in mythical stories and satyr plays.

The 'Midas-silen' expresses a pe…

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Heinze, Theodor (Geneva) and Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen), “Silen(s)”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 24 February 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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