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Ever heard someone say, "She's my muse"? These are the ladies behind that saying. The Muses were the inspirational goddesses of the arts, who spent most of their time singing about all the great events of the world in the court of Zeus. In super ancient times, there were only three Muses, but in later years their number was expanded to nine, and each inspirational lady was assigned their own name and duty. Ready for 'em? Here we go: Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Erato (love and erotic poetry), Euterpe (lyric poetry), Melopmene (tragedy), Thalia (comedy), Polyhymnia (hymns), Terpsichore (dance), and Urania (astronomy). Whew.

Basic Information

NameThe Muses
Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melopmene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, Urania
NicknameHomer's Homey (Calliope)
Book Worm (Clio)
Sexy (Erato)
Broody (Euterpe)
Weepy (Melopmene)
The Joker (Thalia)
Diva (Polyhymnia)
Legs (Terpsichore)
Spacey (Urania)
SexFemales. Lady power!
Current cityMt. Olympus and Mt. Parnassus

Work & Education

OccupationGoddesses of Music, Song, Dance, Poetic Inspiration, and Remembrance of All Things
Being Totally Inspirational

Division of Labor, Muse by Muse:

Calliope: Epic Poetry
Euterpe: Lyric Poetry
Clio: History
Erato: Love and Erotic Poetry
Melopmene: Tragedy
Thalia: Comedy
Polyhymnia: Hymns
Terpsichore: Dance
Urania: Astronomy
EducationJulliard (Tenured Faculty)


Political viewsYay, daddy Zeus

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

ParentsZeus, Mnemosyne
ChildrenCalliope: Orpheus, Linus
Clio: Hyacinthos, Hymenaios
Euterpe: Rhesos
Thalia: the Khorybantes
Melopmene: the Sirens (maybe)
Terpsichore: the Sirens (maybe), Linus (maybe)
Erato: Clepheme
Urania: Linus (maybe), Hymenaios (maybe)

(Yeah, that's a lot of maybes… so we're a little mysterious. NBD.)
EnemiesThe Sirens
The daughters of King Pieros


Relationship statusSingle (but we all have a crush on Apollo, duh)


Quotations"The glow of inspiration warms us; it is a holy rapture."
– Ovid

"Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary."
– Kahlil Gibran

"This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before."
– Leonard Bernstein

"Method is much, technique is much, but inspiration is even more."
– Benjamin Cardozo

"I love hearing my audience breathe."
– Adele
BooksGet ready for this: we inspired a ton of pretty impressive literature. Please hold your applause.

The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women and the Artists They Inspired by Francine Prose
The Iliad by Homer
The Odyssey by Homer
Oedipus the King by Sophocles
Aeneid by Virgil
The Metamorphoses by Ovid
Inferno by Dante
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffery Chaucer
Paradise Lost by John Milton
Candide by Voltaire
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Ulysses by James Joyce
"One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop
Decoded by Jay Z
Adele: The Biography by Chas Newkey-Burden
MusicThe Gospel Truth from Disney's Hercules
What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
Symphony No. 5 by Beethoven
Someone Like You by Adele
Ride of the Valkyries by Wagner
Stormy Weather by Billy Holiday
I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston
MoviesNight at the Museum
Dead Poets Society
The Muse
Music and Lyrics
Moulin Rouge
The Pianist
High School Musical
Midnight in Paris
The Sound of Music
La Vie En Rose

Activities & Interests

Dancing With the Stars
Summer Music Festivals
Arts Education
American Idol

Musical Instruments
Street Performers (Except Mimes)
Flying Horses
Playing Music
Inspiring others to do all of the above
Studio Art
GroupsMt. Olympus Girls Choir
Museum Lovers
Forgive Student Loan Debt
Apollo Fan Club
Aerial Equestrian Society

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