The Muses

by Agnes Arap.

For the Muses were many different versions in antiquity, concerning both their origin and their number.


They are the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne.

Muses symbolized the Grandeur of art and the nice generally.

However, it appears that previously were nymphs of mountains and waters.

Each one of them have her own specialty: Clio (History), Urania (Astronomy), Melpomene (Tragedy), Thalia

(Comedy), Terpsichore (Dance), Calliope (Epic Poetry), Erato (Love Poetry), Polyhymnia (Songs to the Gods),

Euterpe (Lyric Poetry).

The Nine Muses of the Greek Mythology were deities that gave artists,

philosophers and individuals the necessary inspiration for creation.

All the ancient writers appeal to the Muses at the beginning of their work.

Homer asks the Muses both in the Iliad and Odyssey to help him tell the story in the most proper way,

and until today the Muses are symbols of inspiration and artistic creation

In painting the Muses are usually presented as ethereal women with divine beauty,

holding laurels and other items depending on their faculty.


According to the Greek Myths, God Zeus bewildered the young woman Mnemosyne and slept with her for nine consecutive nights.

The result of their encounter was the Nine Muses, who were similar to everything.

Muses grew up with god Apollo. Apollo was their leader and he headed their choir, so he called Musagete “leader”, director of the Muses.



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