The ancient Greeks saw the satyrs as having some rather distinct attributes. Satyrs appear commonly with the legs of goats. In this respect they resemble the god Pan. Scholars have suggested that these animal attributes are meant to reflect the way in which satyrs embody the wild, uninhibited forces of nature. And with their lascivious appetites and insatiable lust for female companionship (it has already been noted that nymphs were most commonly the objects of their desire), satyrs have earned a reputation for naughtiness that has made them legendary over the centuries.
In both mythology and art, satyrs are sometimes confused with Sileni. Sileni are another type of mythological being but are closely related to the satyr in appearance and mannerisms (it should be mentioned that Sileni sometimes also have the ears and tail of a horse). However, the two kinds of creatures were primarily distinguished in ancient Greece by their age - satyrs are represented as eternally young and Sileni are usually depicted as older and more mature looking (their behavior, however, was anything but mature). Indeed, the most famous of the Sileni is Silenus. Silenus was a wise, elderly father figure character who according to legend tutored the god Dionysos.
Satyrs were called fauns in Roman mythology.
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Who's Who in Classical Mythology
This book is a great source for information about Greek and Roman mythology! Organized alphabetically, this who's who features information about over 1200 of the most intriguing characters - and creatures - from Classical myth and legend.