Study Guide

Muses Sightings

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Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019

The Iliad by Homer

Homer gives some mad shout-outs to the Muses in this epic (and epically long) poem.


Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019

The Odyssey by Homer

And the shout-outs don't stop with the Iliad. Did you notice that they're always at the beginning?


Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

The Aeneid by Virgil

Virgil opened his poem with a nod to the Muses, too. Don't they ever get tired of all these epic poets pestering them all the time?


Dec 20, 2019

The Metamorphoses by Ovid

Yep, another epic poem. This time, the Muses show up to brag to Athena (Minerva) about how they beat the daughters of Pieros in a singing contest and then turned them into magpies.

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

Dante asks for inspiration all the way from Hell to Heaven.

Dec 20, 1667

Paradise Lost by John Milton

The super-important poems never end. Milton gets by with a little help from his Muses in his epic poem about the fall of man.

Dec 20, 1980


Olivia Newton John plays the Muse, Terpsichore, in this "so bad it's almost good" movie musical.

Dec 20, 1989

"Like a Prayer" by Madonna

The Muses are a mystery to Madonna—at least that's what she sings in her hit song.

Dec 20, 1997


The (super-cute) Muses sing a lot of catchy numbers in this old-school Disney movie.

Dec 20, 2019

Xanadu, the Broadway Musical

In this theatrical remake of the 1980 film, the Muse Clio comes down to inspire a dude to start a roller disco. (No really, that's what it's about.)

Dec 20, 2019

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan's Curse

The nine singing sisters show up to rock out the final celebration at the end of this novel.

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