Study Guide

Satyrs Sightings

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.

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