Definition of Silenus in English:


Line breaks: Si|lenus
Pronunciation: /sʌɪˈliːnəs
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 silenus) (plural sileni /-nʌɪ/) 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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