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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