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Satyr Greek Mythology

In Greek mythology, satyrs, also called "sylenes", are nature demons and belonged to the retinue of Dionysus. They were represented in different ways: sometimes the lower part was a horse and the upper part a man. Often the lower part was a goat. In this case, the satyrs also had a long, thick, bushy tail.

They were imagined dancing on the plains, drinking with Dionysus and chasing the maenads and nymphs. Gradually, their animal features diminish, their lower limbs become human (they had legs and not hooves). A role in Greek legends is played by the satyr Marsias. We also meet the god Pan in the guise of a satyr.