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  1. Greek myth a siren, who drowned herself when Odysseus evaded the lure of the sirens' singing. Her body was said to have been cast ashore at what became Naples
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Historical Examples

  • One of them was addressed to the same cousin to whom Parthenope wrote.

    The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 1 of 2

    Edward Tyas Cook

  • The ancient name of Naples, from the siren Parthenope, who is said to be buried there.

  • Of the two, Parthenope was the elder; she was not handsome, but was piquante and entertaining.

    Reminiscences, 1819-1899

    Julia Ward Howe.

  • He who listens to Parthenope, Ligeia and Leucosia must stay with them for ever, listening spellbound to the song until he dies.

    The Adventures of Ulysses the Wanderer

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • Parthenope would trust largely to improvisation or lucky shots.