|The Alexander Mosaic detail, dating from circa 100 BC from the House of the Faun in Pompeii|
Birds in Greek mythology sometimes have the ability to speak. These talking birds, often sources of wisdom, may be deities in bird form or simply messengers of the deities. Either way, their advice is generally sound, and humans ignore it at their peril. Birds warn of dangers ahead, reveal secrets, and guide heroes and travelers on their way.
|Portrait head of Alexander the Great depicted as the sun god|