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Satyrs

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    The satyrs are major party animals. These little dudes spend most of their time rocking it out with their patron god Pan and the god Dionysus, who invites the satyrs to every one of his wild Bacchanals. Back in the day, the Greeks thought of satyrs as having the ears, tails, and sometimes legs of a horse or donkey. Later on, though, the Romans considered fauns, their versions of satyrs, to be more like Pan, with goat legs, pointy beards, and horns. Whatever they looked like, everybody agrees that what satyrs loved best was to drink, dance, play music, and get it on with every willing (or not-so-willing) nymph who happened to be around. Like we said: party animals.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Satyrs

    Nickname

    Some of our most famous:
    Silenus (god of drunkenness—old, fat, bald, drunk, and always in a good mood)
    Aristaeus (a god of shepherds)
    Leneus (an old god of winemaking)
    Maron (another winemaking god)
    Komos (a little satyr cupbearer of Dionysus)
    Krotos (friend of the Muses, invented percussion)
    Marsyas (invented the flute, got skinned by Apollo)

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    The woods

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Spirits of Nature and Male Fertility

    Education

    Pan's School of Awesome

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Pro-Zeus

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Silenus is sometimes called the father of the satyrs.

    Siblings

    Bunches (and we mean bunches)

    Children

    Let's just say it's a good thing for us that nobody can track us down to pay child support…

    Friends

    Pan
    Dionysus
    Other satyrs

    Enemies

    Argus Panoptes (who killed one of our kind)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Confirmed bachelors

    Interested in

    Nymphs, goddesses, humans (we're not really that picky)

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Grimm 
    Sons of Anarchy 
    So You Think You Can Dance 

    Quotations

    "I have been so misused by chaste men with one wife that I would live with satyrs all my life."
    – Anna Wickham

    "The lust of the goat is the bounty of God."
    – William Blake

    "Wine is bottled poetry."
    – Robert Louis Stevenson

    "I like girls that drink beer."
    – Toby Keith

    "You gotta fight for your right to party!"
    – The Beastie Boys

    Books

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (We heart Mr. Tumnus.) 
    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov 
    On the Road by Jack Kerouac 
    A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (We think of Puck as an honorary satyr.) 
    "Howl" by Allen Ginsberg 
    "in Just" by e. e. cummings 
    The Call of the Wild by Jack London 
    The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells 
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding 
    The Bacchae by Euripides (Yeah Dionysus, show 'em what's up!) 

    Music

    Nights of Wine and Roses by Japandroids 
    (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party) by The Beastie Boys 
    I Like Girls That Drink Beer by Toby Keith 
    Wild One by Flo Rida feat. Sia 
    Good Time by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen 
    Midnight City by M83 
    Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett, Goon Rock 
    Madness by Muse 
    We Are Never Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift (Does this mean you're available, Taylor?) 
    I Wanna Rock and Roll All Night by Kiss (Absolutely.) 

    Movies

    Pan's Labyrinth 
    The Hangover (We sympathize.) 
    Sideways 
    Fantasia 
    Satyricon 
    Dazed and Confused 
    Showgirls (Awesome.) 
    Animal House 
    Manos: The Hands of Fate 

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    National Forests
    Jam sessions
    Napa Valley
    Burning Man 

    Interests

    Musicology
    Oenology
    Dance Studies
    Nymphology

    Groups

    The Intercontinental Brotherhood of Satyrs
    Wine Enthusiast 
    Nymph Collectors
    Party Animals
    The Society for Half-Animal Rights
    Horse Lovers 

    • Spotter's Guide

      Back in the day, everybody said that satyrs had horse ears, tails, and legs. But now, folks say the little hairy dudes have pointy beards with goat horns and legs. Either way, everyone agrees that they usually have a wineskin in one hand and a set of panpipes in the other. Satyrs can definitely be fun to hang out with—they're always up for a party—but a few barrels of wine into the evening, things get out of control. If you happen to be a nymph or a young nubile maiden, it might be better if you turn the other way when you hear the panpipes a-playin'.

      Sex: Males
      Age: Ranges from very young to very old
      Build: Goat or horse legs, pointy ears, pug noses, goat horns
      Complexion: Tan
      Hair Color: Brown, black
      Facial Hair: Pointy beards
      Scars/marks/tattoos: None
      Jewelry and accessories: Pan flutes, goblets of wine, thyrsus (a staff topped with a pinecone)
      Clothing: None (booya)
      Armor: None
      Type of Weapon: None

      Typical Companions:

      Pan
      Dionysus
      Nymphs of loose character

      Known Hangouts:

      The woods and fields

    • Sightings

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Cyclops by Euripides

      In this only surviving satyr play, the old satyr Silenus and a chorus of satyrs are the slaves of a grumpy Cyclops named Polyphemus.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Metamorphoses by Ovid

      Listen to Ovid for all the details on how Midas rescued Silenus and got the "golden touch" as a reward from Dionysus.

      Dec 20, 0399 - Dec 20, 0499

      Dionysiaca by Nonnus

      In this ancient poem, you can read about how Silenus got turned into a river after losing a dance-off. Seriously, that's the story.

      Dec 20, 1884

      Silenus by Thomas Woolner

      In this riff on Greek mythology, Silenus turns into an alcoholic after his lover, Syrinx, turns into reeds to escape the advances of Pan.

      Dec 20, 1896

      The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells

      One of the Beast Folk in this famous sci-fi novel is called Satyr, because he's got the legs and horns of a goat.

      Dec 20, 2019

      "in Just" by e. e. cummings

      Some say the "goat footed balloonman" in this poem is either a satyr or Pan in disguise.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

      There's a highly sexually symbolic statue of a satyr in this gothic page-turner.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Fantasia

      Check out this classic Disney movie if you want to see what satyrs look like when they're cute little babies.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

      In this classic fantasy novel, the goodhearted Mr. Tumnus is a faun, the Roman version of a satyr.

      Dec 20, 1997

      Hercules

      Phil, the satyr, is Hercules' wine-soaked mentor in this animated movie and the TV series that followed.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

      Percy Jackson's buddy, Grover Underwood, is a satyr who dreams of one day searching for the long lost god, Pan.

      Dec 20, 2019

      God of War Series

      The satyrs have big horns, sharp claws, and bad attitudes in this bloody video game series.