1.1 (as noun silenus) (plural sileni /sʌɪˈliːnʌɪ/) A woodland spirit, usually depicted in art as old and having ears like those of a horse.
- 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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