Essay On The Muses In Greek Mythology

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Jason Katz
19 February 2018
The Muses in Greek Mythology and Art

For this term paper I had a real hard time figuring out a topic to do it on. I had to figure out which one I would enjoy and learn from which was easy to find. Also, I wanted to find a topic I know I could a little more and gain more knowledge. The Muses in Greek Mythology and art seemed very interesting to me which jumped at me when I was going through the options. The muses are very interesting and have a great relation to the Greek Mythology. First of all, the muses were Greek goddesses of inspiration, and literature. Another term that they referred to which is the plural version is the Mousai.
To begin with, I will explain who the muses even are. Like I said in the intro muses are Greek Goddesses of inspiration, literature and science of the arts. They are also the daughters of the god Zeus and the goddess Mnemosyne, the term they were known as water myths. There were nine of these Muses portraying each art and symbolizing a different item. Calliope (epic poetry - writing tablet), Clio (history - scroll), Euterpe (lyric poetry - Aulos, a Greek flute), Thalia (comedy and pastoral poetry - comic mask), Melpomene (tragedy - tragic mask), Terpsichore (dance - lyre), Erato (love poetry - cithara, a Greek type of lyre), Polyhymnia (sacred poetry - eveil), and Urania (astronomy - globe and compass). On the other hand, Varro mentions that only three Muses exist: Melete (practice), Mneme
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