Definition of Silenus in English:


Syllabification: Si·le·nus
Pronunciation: /sīˈlēnəs
Greek Mythology
  • 1An aged woodland deity, one of the sileni, who was entrusted with the education of Dionysus. He is depicted either as dignified and musical, or as an old drunkard.
  • 1.1 (as noun a silenus) (plural sileni /-ˈlēˌnī/) A woodland spirit, usually depicted in art as old and having ears like those of a horse.
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    • A statue of Marsyas as a wise old silenus embodied this positive version of Marsyas in the Forum Romanum.
    • Satyrs and sileni are depicted in art and literature in the company of nymphs, whom they constantly pursue.
    • On the lid are dancing maenads, satyrs, and sileni.

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