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Odysseus and the Sirens (implicitly) (12) – Greek mythical figures seen in Homer's Odyssey. The sirens were mythical creatures, half-woman and half-bird, who sang in beautiful voices to lure sailors off their course to a rocky death. Odysseus, the hero of Homer's tale, famously tied himself to the mast as his ship sailed past the island of the sirens (while the rest of his men were forced to plug up their ears), thus becoming the only mortal man to have ever heard the sirens and lived to tell the tale.