Who Were The Muses?

Calliope the ‘beautiful of speech’ chief of the Muses and Muse of epic or heroic poetry
Clio the ‘glorious one’ Muse of history
Erato the ‘amorous one’ Muse of love or erotic poetry, lyrics, and marriage songs
Euterpe the ‘well-pleasing’ Muse of music and lyric poetry
Melpomene the ‘chanting one’ Muse of tragedy
Polyhymnia or Polymnia the ‘[singer] of many hymns Muse of sacred song, oratory, lyric, singing, and rhetoric
Terpsichore the ‘[one who] delights in dance’ Muse of choral song and dance
Thalia the ‘blossoming one’ Muse of comedy and bucolic poetry
Urania the ‘celestial one’ Muse of astronomy

Calliope

Muses Urania and Calliope by Simon Vouet

Clio

The Art of Painting by Jan Vermeer can Delft

Erato

Erato by Simon Vouet

Euterpe

Apollo and The Two Muses by Pompeo Batoni

Melpomene

Melpomene by Edward Simmons

Polyhymnia

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Polyhymnia by Simon Vouet

Terpsichore

Terpsichore by Jean-Marc Nattier

Thalia

Thalia by Jean-Marc Nattier

Urania

Muses Urania and Calliope by Simon Vouet

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2 Responses to “Who Were The Muses?”
  1. contoveros says:

    N ever knew there were so many muses.

    It’s amusing.

    michael j

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