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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Nine Muses

I've dabbled in the arts, theater, music and song. Now I write. Legends and lore and superstitions are the backbone of who I am. I believe in hopes and dreams and the sweet hereafter. I believe in the sisters of inspiration. I present to you:

The Nine Muses

The muses are a sisterhood of goddesses or spirits; their number set at nine by Classical Times. They embody the arts and inspire the creative process with their graces through remembered and improvised song and stage


Traditional music

and dance

They were water nymphs associated with the springs of Helicon

Apollo was their leader

Their father Zeus was king of the gods


Mnemosyne their mother goddess of memory

The muses are used in modern literature to refer to an inspiration as when one one cites his or her own artistic muse, but they are also implicit in the word amuse or musing

Muse means the one who remembers

They are the daughters of the titan Mnemosyne who is the personification of remembrance

All nine muses have a science or an art to protect

In sculptures and art they are depicted with emblems for recognition


The glorious one

Muse of history

Protects the stories of heroes

History: carries a scroll and book


The celestial one of heavenly beauty

Protects astronomy and soars amidst the moon and stars in the seven heavens.Depicted pointing a staff at a celestial depicted with staff and globe


The muse of beautiful speech

Oldest and chief muse

Muse of epic or heroic poetry


Epic poetry carries a writing tablet


The chanting one

The tragedies

Depicted wearing a mask


The well pleasing one

Muse of music and lyric poetry

Flute playing

Carries a flute


The amorous one

Muse of erotic poetry, lyrics or marriage songs

Love poems

The amorous one

Muse of erotic poetry

Depicted with a lyre and a crown of roses


The one who delights in dance

Muse of coral

Song and Dance

Depicted dancing and carrying a lyre


Muse of comedy and pastoral poetry

Protecter of comedies and bucolic poetry


Singer of hymns

Muse of sacred songs, oratory, lyric, s singing and rhetoric

Sacred poetry

Depicted with a pensive expression

The muses love to sing and dance and they sing gorgeously

They are superior in musical competitions and anyone who dares and challenge them will always fall short—just as anyone who questions their importance.When they compete against the Siren, the muses always win. A father challenged the muses to compete with his daughters.When the muses won, they changed the daughters into crows to spite the father.

The poet Thamyris bragged about being able to remember all of his work without the help of the muses as poets back then did not write their work down but remembered it by heart. The muses punished him by taking his memory and eyesight.They are often led by the god of music Apollo and entertain at Olympus

the proclaimer, muse of history and glorious words.

The goddess Urania, the celestial one of heavenly beauty, muse of astrology.

The noble Calliope, goddess of eloquence and epic poetry.

The Greek goddess Melpomene, songstress of tragedy.

The amorous Erato, musical muse of erotic poetry.

Euterpe, muse of music and lyrical poetry.

Polyhymnia, goddess of reverent hymns, muses over sacred poetry.

Terpsichore,  muse of coral,song and dance.

Thalia, muse of comedy and pastoral poetry.


Debra St. John said...

Great post. I've always heard about these muses, it was nice to get some details about them!

Sharon Donovan said...

Hi Debra, glad you enjoyed the history lesson. LOL I was rather curious a while back and did a bit of research for my favorite hobby of legends and lore!

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