From: "Andrew Bollen"
Subject: Re: (urth) DOORS: sirens, nurses, death or escape Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 15:18:23 +1100 Mantis wrote: > The only quibble I have is that, very technically, the real Greek "siren" > was not a mermaid but (yet another) woman-headed bird (see also harpies). > I often make the mistake of thinking of sirens as naughty mermaids, as > salt-water Loreleis, etc., and I can blame this in part to the visual arts > of popular Western Civilization (from the Roxy Music album cover to > anywhere else, like the barmaids in Joyce's ULYSSES, but that ain't visual). > > Well, another quibble: is it really Leucothea? One source I'm looking at > says "Leukosia." Blah! You're right; I was muddled. Leucothea the sea-nymph resuced Odysseus, so I guess it's still an appropriate name for the lover of Cap'n Billy. --