A wonderful exposition on the Muses and their roles in the cultural sphere, and a delightful collaboration–a poem from a talented artist.
“Apollo and the Muses” by
Baldassarre Peruzzi. 1523.
The Muses were the Greek goddesses of inspiration in literature, science and the arts.
Before the Classical idea of the nine Muses, Pausanias tells us of three Muses, different altogether from the nine we know. They were: Melete, or Practice. Mneme, or Memory and Aeode, or Song
It was only later, with Hesiod that the idea of Nine Muses showed up.
Μnemosyne gave the babies to Nymph Eufime and Apollo (God of Light, Eloquence, Poetry and Fine Arts). When they grew up they showed their tendency to the arts, taught by God Apollo himself.
Apollo brought them to the big and beautiful Mount Elikonas, where the older Temple of Zeus used to be. Ever…
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