The Inspiration of the Muses
Today is Patriot’s Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in the US. Today is designated in memory of the 2,977 killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. I was inspire to bring the Muses to honor the memory of the fallen lives.
The Great Choir and DJ of Mount Olympus
Goddesses of Poetry and Literature
Goddesses of Science and the Arts
Goddesses of Inspiration
The Muses are the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. They inspired and presided over several creative arts. Muse usually means inspiration, either for an artist or poets, and people would pray to the Muses for inspiration. As the gods celebrate, the Muses play music that sounds like anything you want, so no one argues about the music.
Meet the Muses:
Calliope, Muse of Epic Poetry. Some accounts say Calliope was the lover of the war god Ares, and bore him several sons. Calliope also had two famous sons, Orpheus and Linus, by either Apollo or the king Oeagrus of Thrace. She taught Orpheus many verses for singing. She married Oeagrus close to Pimpleia, Olympus.
Clio's name was derived from the Greek word kleo, "to make famous" or "celebrate." In Classical times, when the Muses were assigned specific literary and artistic spheres, Clio was named Muse of history. She has been credited with introducing the Phoenician alphabet into Greece. Her son, Hyacinthus or also known as Hyacinth, was a lover of Apollo.
Euterpe is called the "giver of delight," and she is the Muse of Music and Lyric Poetry. She is also the Muse of joy and pleasure. A few say she invented the aulos or double-flute, which is her attribute. The river god Strymon impregnated Euterpe; her son Rhesus led a band of Thracians and was killed by Diomedes at Troy, according to Homer's Iliad.
Melpomene was initially the Muse of singing, she then became known as the Muse of Tragedy, for which she is best known. Her name was derived from the Greek verb melpô or melpomai meaning "to celebrate with dance and song." In Roman and Greek poetry, it was traditional to invoke the goddess Melpomene so that one might create beautiful lyrical phrases.
Erato, Muse of Love Poetry. She is also the patron Muse of parrots and crows, considering that she was the Muse of Mimicry, as well. I like her.
Polyhymnia, Muse of Sacred Poetry, Sacred Hymn, and Eloquence. She is shown in pictures as a serious woman usually in a position of meditation or thoughtfulness, sometimes with a finger to her mouth in thought. She wears long robes.
Terpsichore is the Muse of choral songs and dance, her name meaning delight of dancing. Sometime she is said to be the mother of the Sirens by Achelous.
Thalia, Muse of Comedy. Thalia's name means 'flourishing' because of the praises in her songs flourish through time. She was the daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne, the eighth-born of the nine Muses. According to pseudo-Apollodorus, she and Apollo were the parents of the Corybantes.
Urania, Muse of Astronomy. Urania was the last of the Muses to be born and took on the role of the Muse of Astronomy. Her name means heavenly or of heaven.
Let the Muses inspire you with these warriors