from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Plural of silenus.
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The grape design at the base of the little statue, and the snake supporting the candleholder, both are symbols of the sileni.
In the frieze, however, it is represented that the god is on shore quietly amusing himself with the lion (Fig. 49), while satyrs and sileni punish the robbers by beating them with sticks and chasing them with fury, while they are turning gradually into dolphins and rushing into the sea.