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silenus

(sīlē`nəs), in Greek mythology, part bestial and part human creature of the forests and mountains. Part of DionysusDionysus
, in Greek religion and mythology, god of fertility and wine. Legends concerning him are profuse and contradictory. However, he was one of the most important gods of the Greeks and was associated with various religious cults. He was probably in origin a Thracian deity.
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' entourage, the sileni are usually represented as aged satyrs—drunken, jolly, bald, fat, bearded, and possessing horse ears. According to some myths they were prophets; but according to others they were so perpetually stupefied with drink that they were unable to distinguish truth from falsehood. In some legends only one such creature appears, Silenus, described as the oldest of the satyrs, the son of HermesHermes,
in Greek religion and mythology, son of Zeus and Maia. His functions were many, but he was primarily the messenger of the gods, particularly of Zeus, and conductor of souls to Hades.
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, in Greek religion and mythology, pastoral god of fertility. He was worshiped principally in Arcadia, and one legend states that he was the son of Hermes, another Arcadian god. Pan was supposed to make flocks fertile; when he did not, his image was flogged to stimulate him.
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. He was the companion, adviser, or tutor of Dionysus.

Silenus

 

in Greek mythology, the tutor and companion of Dionysus; a merry, good-natured, continually drunken, bald old man with a wineskin. Silenus was depicted in ancient Greek and Roman works of art and in later works, including paintings by Rubens and Van Dyck.

Silenus

one of Bacchus’s retinue; fat, always inebriated. [Gk. Myth.: Hall, 283]

Silenus

knowledgeable tutor of Bacchus. [Rom. Myth.: Daniel, 213]
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entiende por sileno, entre otras cosas, una figura lasciva, fea y
Y siendo ya un adulto Hera lo reconoce y enloquece, a consecuencia de lo cual empieza un largo peregrinar acompanado de su tutor, Sileno, y de Satiros y Menades.
Pero invierte la figura del Sileno y abrela: descubriras a un tirano, quiza incluso a un enemigo de su pueblo y de la paz publica, habil sembrador de discordias, opresor de la gente de bien, plaga de la ley, destructor de ciudades, saqueador de la Iglesia: bandido, sacrilego, incestuoso, jugador, en fin, para decirlo con el proverbio griego, una Iliada de calamidades.
Una multitud feliz de Menades, Satiros, Silenos, Pan, bailotean proximos a la pareja.
Los Satiros, llamados tambien Silenos, son genios de la naturaleza, incorporados al cortejo de Dionisio.
2, 4, 129, 132, 134, 167, 169), destacando la belleza de Baco desnudo y entronizado entre sus jovenes seguidores, que van desnudos; Sileno, como de costumbre, hombre maduro, barbudo y panzudo, cabalga un asno.
A la izquierda del cortejo de Menades cabalga un asno Sileno, ebrio, al que sostienen los acompanantes, para que no se caiga de la caballeria.
Sileno seguia a Baco siempre, en su peregrinar por montanas y por bosques (33).