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Acheloiadum. In one of the many forms of the legend the Sirens were daughters of Achelous and companions of Proserpine. Having sought her in vain on land, they were at their own desire changed, except in face and voice, to birds, in order that they might continue their search over the sea (v. 55163). Their place of abode was variously fixed, generally on the Sirenusae Insulae (Li Galli) off Minervae Promontorium in Campania. There was a temple of the Sirens at Surrentum, and the tomb of one, Parthenope, who drowned herself from vexation at the escape of Ulysses, was shown at Naples, to which she gave her name ( It. Sil.xii. 32).

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