Who were the Greek Muses?

Who were the Greek Muses?

In the Ancient Greece The great divinities that existed could be counted by dozens, but not only were there goddesses but there was also what we know as muses. ¿Who were the muses? They were also deities, but not as powerful as the goddesses.

According to scholars of the time, the muses were the most important inspirers there was, inspiring music, love, art, science, poetry, etc.., which made them key pieces for these questions, especially at a time in history in which these aspects were so valuable to society.

At first they had an indeterminate number, although they were eventually nine unique muses for all of Greece and went Hesiod who gave them the name with which they would be publicly recognized throughout the Greek empire.

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It has to be said that These nine muses were born from nine continuous nights between one of the Titanides, Mnemosyne, and the god of gods, Zeus, so the muses are his granddaughters.

On many occasions, they were represented as the singers of the gods' festivals, but they also accompanied the kings, helping them to use the necessary words to be able to rule.

The Greek Muses

CalliopeMuse of eloquence, poetry and beauty. It was represented by a stylus and a writing board. She was reportedly Linus's mother and Orpheus.

Euterpe - Was the muse of music and the invention of the double flute, the instrument that represents it, is attributed to her.

Terpsichore - The muse of dance and choral poetry and it is said that she was the mother of the sirens.

Clio - The muse of history. It is said that it was she who introduced the alphabet in Greece. She is represented as a parchment and is said to be Jacinto's mother.

Melpomene - It's the muse of tragedy and is represented with a knife in one hand and a tragicomic mask in the other.

Erato - The muse of lyrical love poetry, represented on many occasions with a lyre.

UraniaMuse of astronomy, exact sciences and didactic poetry among other. It is represented as a woman with a sphere in her left hand and a spike in her right hand and dressed in a cloak covered with stars.

ThaliaMuse of comedy and also of bucolic poetry, represented with the comedy mask in one hand and a shepherd's cane in the other.

PolyymniaMuse of sacred poetry and sacred songs. She is represented with a finger over her mouth, representing discretion and silence.

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