- The Siren is the most ancient seductress of them all. Her prototype is the goddess Aphrodite -- it his her nature to have a mythic quality about her -- but do not imagine she is a thing of the past, or of legend and history: she represents a powerful male fantasy of a highly sexual, supremely confident, alluring female offering endless pleasure and a bit of danger.
- In Homer's Odyssey, the hero Odysseus must sail by the rocks wher the Sirens sing and beckon sailors to their destruction. Their voices are like water, liquid, inviting. Odysseus himself is tied to the mast, so he can both hear the Sirens and live to tell of it -- a strange desire, since the thrill of the Sirens is giving in to the temptation to follow them.
-- Robert Greene, Art of Seduction