Hunting the Elusive Satyr Male

Posted by: Elizabeth Amber
One of the inspirations for The Lords of Satyr.

One of the inspirations for The Lords of Satyr. (High relief sculpture; Louvre)

“Satyrs? What are they anyway?”

Since I began writing my erotic historical paranormal romance series, The Lords of Satyr, I’ve heard this question more than any other.  The short answer is that satyrs are the carnal followers of the Roman wine god, Bacchus (Dionysus in Greek mythology.)  They’re roguish lovers of women and wine, and are associated with fertility rites and woodlands.

In short, they’re the perfect creatures on which to base my three half-satyr half-human lords, Nicholas, Raine, and Lyon.

Wine? Woodlands? Check. Check. These brothers own a large estate in Tuscany, Italy, on which they grow wine grapes.  They also guard an ancient gate leading to an alternate world.

Lovers? Fertility rites? Check. Check. They’re alpha males, who are sent on a quest to find and wed three half-fairie half-human females who are in danger. And they engage in a carnal ritual every month, which not only engenders them with unusual physical qualities, but also helps enrich the vines, which in turn insure their ongoing health.

Like Lyon, this satyr has an affinity for animals.

Like Lyon, this satyr has an affinity for animals. (Royal Palace, Caserta, Italy)

“How do you say “satyr”?

The word “satyr” can be pronounced with a long or short “a”.  I opt for the long “a”.

“Where can I find a satyr guy?”

Okay, no one has actually asked me this, but once you know what you’re looking for, you’ll find satyrs throughout Europe—especially in Italy and France. If you’re lucky enough to visit these beautiful countries, keep an eye out for satyrs in the statuary, mosaics, high relief carvings, and frescoes found decorating public fountains, gardens, museums and other buildings, and on urns and other artifacts.  Here’s how you’ll know if you’ve found a satyr:

1. He’s holding a wine goblet or grapes.
2. He’s chasing a nymph or maenad, and sex is obviously on his mind.
3. He has sprouted a tail and has furred haunches.

A lusty satyr carrying off a maenad.

A lusty satyr carrying off a maenad. (Louvre, Paris)

My interest and studies in Greco-Roman art history lead me on a satyr hunt last time I was in Europe. Since pictures speak louder than words, I wanted to share some photos from my trip in hopes that they’ll inspire you to go on your own satyr hunt.  I hope you’ve enjoyed them.

Lyon giveaway

Wild On Books will give away a copy of my newest release, LYON, THE LORDS OF SATYR, to one person who leaves a comment between October 19-25th. Good luck, and thanks for visiting the blog!

Elizabeth Amber
erotic historical paranormal romance
Kensington Aphrodisia
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22 Responses to “Hunting the Elusive Satyr Male”

  1. crystal adkins Says:

    I just read Raine and loved it, I would really like to win a copy of Lyon b/c Elizabeth Amber is really exceptional :)

  2. Stephanie Says:

    It’s funny, a friend and I were discussing satyrs the other day. She had started this series and was wondering what one looked like, be it part goat or horse? So thank you for the lovely artwork that went along with this post! Between her glowing review of Raine and now all this great info I’m definitely going to give this series a try!

  3. Amy Says:

    I have read all of the series already. I love reading. The only downfall to that is waiting. It did work itself out though. I have to say, I have not read anything like this set. I was taken with it right from the beginning. Im hoping to read more about the brothers. Perhaps a book with all 3 against the magic world???? Hint hint. A little vauge on the details of that place. Would love to read more about it.

  4. Racheal Says:

    Hi Elizabeth! Loved the blog and the photos.

  5. Lea Says:


    I already have my copy of Lyon, so please don’t enter me in the contest.

    I just wanted to say that I’ve enjoyed your Lords of Satyr books and will look forward to the release of Dominic in the spring. :smile:


  6. Ali Says:

    Hi, Elizabeth :)
    I already have a copy of your book… but, I’ll be honest, I haven’t gotten the time to read it. I have heard great things about it, though, and can’t wait to dig in :)

    Thanks for sharing the pics from your trip :)

  7. Cathy M Says:

    I haven’t read this one yet and would love a chance to win it.

  8. Jennifer A. Ray Says:

    I would SO hunt the Satyr male!!! Better yet, I’d let him hunt me if he preferred it that way – especially if he were anything like the heroes in your LORDS OF SATYR books!

    I formed a love of mythology when I was in elementary school and read everything I could get my hands on. Someone gave me a hardcover edition of Bulfinch’s Mythology and an Encyclopedia of Mythology back then and I TREASURED them. Read them cover to cover more times than I can say.

    I was fascinated by Satyrs from the moment I learned of them, even though I was far too innocent to understand what their lusty nature meant.

    Of course, I totally understand it now and thought your choice of this creature for your stories was wonderful! I found NICHOLAS at Amazon long before it ever released and wanted it from the moment I first read of it. Actually reading the book was even better… And those sequels! Whew.

    I was so glad when the series expanded beyond the original trilogy. I think there is so much room within this world for many, many sequels and there are a whole legion of interesting myths and legends to explore.

    I love seeing the pictures that spark your imagination!! Thanks for sharing them with us, and thank you for being with us today!

  9. Elizabeth Amber guest blogs today! | Jennifer A. Ray Says:

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  10. Elizabeth Amber Says:

    Hi CRYSTAL! I was buying copies of RAINE on Amazon a few minutes ago and saw your thoughtful, lovely review complete with excellent comments and description. It’ll be helpful to readers who’re considering the book, which is what reviews are all about. Many thanks!

    STEPHANIE, glad I could help, and I hope you enjoy the series if you do get a chance to read it. If you do a Google image search for “satyr,” you’ll see plenty of images that might be of interest, too.

    AMY, by coincidence, the 4th book, DOMINIC, delves more into the alternate world. Every time I write one of these, I get more ideas for another. I have 3 more pretty concrete plots I hope to write for Kensington. So many ideas, so little time, right? I know what you mean about waiting. I wish authors could write as fast as I can read.

    RACHAEL, Thanks for dropping by! Good to have you.

    LEA, That’s really sweet of you. Thanks. I’m so glad to hear you’ve enjoyed the LOSatyr series.

    ALL, I hope you enjoy it. I’ve got a stack of books I’d love to get to, so I can relate. Sometimes I wish I could book a hotel room for a week and just read.

    CATHY, Thanks for commenting. I hope you enjoy LYON if you get a chance. I’m going to let Wild On Books randomly choose the book-winner. Good luck!

    JENNIFER! Thank you so much for having me guest blog at Wild On Books. I love this site. And you are a sweetie. I’ve always been fascinated by mythology, too. I find it enjoyable to build a world upon a few parameters of an existing myth. Here’s hoping the satyrs continue to inspire me and that readers keep asking for more. I just found out that NICHOLAS is in a 4th printing!

    It’s fun showing off some of the photos from my trip. I have many, many more—some more erotic than others. I’ll stop by again during the coming week to visit with those who comment.

  11. Greta Says:

    Okay I admit – I haven’t read this series. But they look interesting and I’ve heard very good things about them. I’m adding them to my TBB list. Alpha males are right up my alley.

  12. Mo Says:

    Thank you Elizabeth for your art and history lesson from you travels in Europe as well as the backstory for Nicholas, Raine, and Lyon. Your information and how you developed the brothers and the other characters in your series was great. I am always interested in how an author comes up with their characters and story. It is a gift that I appreciate as a reader because I can share your mind creations and I can go on my own trip while I am sharing with you. Thank you again, you are “da bomb”! ;-D Mo

  13. Belinda McBride Says:

    What an awesome topic for a series! I look forward to reading it!


  14. Pamela K. Kinney/Sapphire Phelan Says:

    Thanks, Elizabeth, for sharing about your books and all. I heard about them before.
    Yes, I think Satyrs will make interesting erotic romance heroes.
    Speaking of Satyrs, have you ever seen the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century? There’s an ep where he crashes on a planet that has Satyrs and eh starts to become one.

  15. Kristen Says:

    Hi Elizabeth,

    Like a few others, I’ve read this series and loved it. I’m looking forward to reading Dominic.

    Thank you for sharing some of their history. I’ve always had a desire to learn more about mythology. So when I find a book(s) like yours, I treasure them. I look foward to more from you.

    Keep up the wonderful work!

  16. Layken Says:


    I just wanted to say I have heard nothing but wonderful things about this series. I do have to admit that I haven’t yet had the opportunity to read your books yet. But I can’t wait to get a copy in my hands. I am putting an order in to Borders RIGHT NOW!!

    I also wanted to say that I think the characters you created for this series sound amazing and unique. I’m always excited to read new and interesting stories like yours. :smile:

  17. Juliet Says:

    Hi Elizabeth!

    Your post is fascinating! I recently read Nicholas, the first one in the series and loved it, the book and the whole premise and I am looking forward to read more about the brothers or any other mythological creatures. I love to see new paranormal themes and I think they are great for erotic reads, because you can push the envelope more than in the real world.

    Thanks for sharing the photos. They are beautiful.

  18. Kenzi Kelley Says:

    I really enjoyed your blog and photos. Thanks for sharing. And, I admit, I haven’t tried your series yet, but I am intrigued. I foresee a new book … or two … or three … in my future. :mrgreen:

  19. Lindsey Ekland Says:

    Always loved Greek and Roman mythology. Loved seeing Athens back in 1983 and visiting all the museums. Wouls love a chance to go to Italy and hunt for Satyrs.

  20. Amy S. Says:

    Hi Elizabeth! Great post! Lyon sounds great!

  21. Elizabeth Amber Says:

    Hi Greta,
    I just went to your blog at I Do Not Want To Wait, I Want The Book Now. You’ve got some great authors and books. Very interesting reading.

    Great to see you here. I’ve had a busy October and haven’t been checking MySpace as often as I had been before, so I’ve missed chatting with you. Glad you enjoyed the photos and back-story on the Satyr brothers!

    Hi Belinda,
    Thank you! I hope you enjoy the books if you get a chance. Thanks for stopping by.

    No, I haven’t seen that. I hadn’t even heard of Buck Rogers in the 25th c. I’ll have to take a look. You’ve piqued my curiosity. :o)

    Thank you so much for your lovely words. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the Satyr series.

    Hi Layken,
    Nice to ‘meet’ you. That’s cool that you’re reviewing for Wild On Books—I read your bio. We share similar interests in reading material. I like historical and paranormal, too. And I love a good romance. I agree–Halloween is my favorite holiday! I love the autumn weather and I have such great childhood memories of this holiday.

    Hi Juliet,
    I’m SO glad you enjoyed NICHOLAS! Paranormal does offer plenty of freedom to push erotic boundaries. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy it. Historical helps with that, too. For me, it’s easier to write a believable alpha male in a historical period.

    I hope you enjoy the satyr series if you get a chance. Although it’s a series, each can stand alone. I think all three are fairly different reads, too.

    Glad to hear you got to visit Athens a while back. I was there two years ago. With the economy so shaky, it may be a while before I get to go to Europe again. I’d go every year if I could afford it. Especially if I could afford to fly first class, which I did by using frequent flyer miles last time. What a difference from coach class—I enjoyed first class so much I didn’t even want to get off the plane! Real flatware, a menu, drinks-a-plenty.

    Hi Amy,
    Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy LYON if you get a chance.

    Thank you again for having me as a guest blogger on Wild On Books! This has been fun. :mrgreen:

  22. Krystal Says:

    :mrgreen: I havent yet read your books, but a friend told me to check out your website and read the excerpts and OMG! I can’t wait to buy them all!

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