The Nine Muses

The embodiment of the classical idea of the poetical faculty as a divine gift, these famous sisters dwelt on Mount Helicon, and drank of the fountain Hippocrene. Minerva presented to them the winged horse Pegasus, upon which, if one rode, she would soar aloft among the creatures and creations of fancy.

The nine Muses are the daughters of the Zeus and of Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory.

The Muses preside over the arts and sciences, inspire all artists, especially poets, philosophers, and musicians.

Calliope. was the muse of epic poetry

Clio of history

Euterpe of lyric poetry

Melpomene. of tragedy

Terpsichore. of choral songs and the dance

Erato of love poetry

Polyhymnia. of sacred poetry

Urania of astronomy

Thalia of comedy


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