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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.
Homer's Homey (Calliope)
Females. Lady power!
Mt. Olympus and Mt. Parnassus
Goddesses of Music, Song, Dance, Poetic Inspiration, and Remembrance of All Things
Julliard (Tenured Faculty)
Yay, daddy Zeus
Calliope: Orpheus, Linus
Single (but we all have a crush on Apollo, duh)
"The glow of inspiration warms us; it is a holy rapture."
Get ready for this: we inspired a ton of pretty impressive literature. Please hold your applause.
The Gospel Truth from Disney's Hercules
Mt. Olympus Girls Choir