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Major Figures in
Greek Mythology

Muses: Goddesses of the arts and the sciences;
daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne;
at first they were thought of together;
later, each had her own field.

Calliope ~ Epic poetry
Meaning of name: "Fair face"
The eldest and most distinguished of the nine Muses. She is the Muse of eloquence and epic or heroic poetry. Calliope ("beautiful voice") is the mother of Orpheus and Linus with Apollo. She was the arbitress in the argument over Adonis between Persephone and Aphrodite. Her attributes are a scroll, tablets and stylus.

Clio ~ History
Other names Kleio
Meaning of name "Proclaimer"
Clio The Muse of history. With Pierus, the king of Macedonia, she is the mother of Hyacinth. She was credited for introducing the Phoenician alphabet into Greece. Her attribute is usually a parchment scroll or a set of tablets.

Erato ~ Love poetry
Meaning of name: "Lovely"

The Muse of lyric poetry, particularly love and erotic poetry, and mimicry. She is usually depicted with a lyre.

Euterpe ~ Lyric poetry
Meaning of name : "Delight"

Euterpe, from the Greek culture, is one of the nine muses of Apollo. Her name means “rejoicing well" or "delight”. She was born from Zeus and Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory, along with her other eight sisters. Euterpe is the muse of music and lyric poetry. She is also the muse of joy and pleasure and of flute playing and was thought to have invented the double flute, which is her attribute. The other muses are Calliope, muse of epic poetry; Clio, muse of poetry; Erato, muse of love-poetry and hymns; Melpomene, muse of tragedy; Polyhymnia, muse of mime; Terpsichome, muse of dance; Thalia, muse of comedy; and Urania, muse of astronomy. Originally they were the deities of springs, later they were designated as goddesses of various human inspirations. The nine muses sang and danced, led by Apollo, at celebrations held by gods and heroes. The muses also prompted the memory of humans and inspired writers and artists.

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