Marmaid pendant in sterling silver. Designed and imported from Greece.
Mermaids have played a prominent role in Greek mythology and history. According to some legends (myths) mermaids have been associated with the sirens whose enchanting voices would lure soon-to-be-shipwrecked sailors to nearby rocks, sandbars or shoals.A popular Greek legend turned Alexander the Great's sister, Thessalonike, into a mermaid after her death, living in the Aegean. She would ask the sailors on any ship she would encounter only one question: "Is King Alexander alive?" (Greek: "Ζει ο Βασιλεύς Αλέξανδρος;"), to which the correct answer was: "He lives and reigns and conquers the world" (Greek: "Ζει και βασιλεύει και τον κόσμον κυριεύει"). This answer would please her, and she would accordingly calm the waters and bid the ship farewell. Any other answer would enrage her, and she would stir up a terrible storm, dooming the ship and every sailor on board.