Definition of Silenus in English:

Silenus

Line breaks: Si|lenus
Pronunciation: /sʌɪˈliːnəs
 
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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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