Who are the muses

The Muses were the Greek goddesses of inspiration in literature, science and the arts. They were the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne (the personification of memory), and they were also considered water nymphs. Some scholars believed that the Muses were primordial goddesses, daughters of the Titans Uranus and Gaea. Personifications of knowledge and art, some of the arts of the Muses included Music, Science, Geography, Mathematics, Art, and Drama. They were usually invoked at the beginning of various lyrical poems, such as in the Homeric epics; this happened so that the Muses give inspiration or speak through the poet’s words.

There were nine Muses according to Hesiod, protecting a different art and being symbolised with a different item; Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia and Urania.

But this was in the past. Who are the muses now, in our modern times? Can we be inspired from them once again?

We found the modern reincarnation of each muse. Let’s see what they have to tell us:

Calliope

I am perhaps the most famous of all, the muse of heroic writing – it is said that in the old days, I’ve inspired Homer to write the Iliad and the Odyssey. In art you can always see me with a writing tablet in my hand, these days I prefer having a laptop.

Clio

I am better known as the muse of history, often represented with a scroll of paper or a tablet. In the 21st century though, I had to replace the scroll of paper with a camera, one of the best ways to keep a track of history!

Erato

For thousand of years I’ve been the muse of erotic poetry, even my name means “lovely” or “desired”, derived from the same root as Eros! I am love in words, I’m the one who can charm you at first sight!

Euterpe

I am the muse of music, years ago I invented the double flute! Nowadays, I travel around the world wearing my iPod giving inspiration to musicians around the globe!

Melpomene

Being the muse of tragedy was never easy. Although my name means “to celebrate with dance and song”, I rarely celebrate. Instead, I resist. My activism is a constant and devoted fight for all women rights and against all evil!

Polyhymnia

I am the muse of hymns. I’ve been elegant back in ancient Greece, I am also sophisticated and elegant on my current reincarnation. I like to study endlessly therefore I have many diplomas and PhD hanging on my house’s walls. Philosophy is my stand and everything that derives from it.

Terpsichore

I always loved to dance. My name literally means “delight of dancing” and I am the reincarnation of the muse of dance. I studied dancing, but this  is not enough any more. So much knowledge came to my understanding through the centuries such as yoga and pilates and other forms of body exercises. I don’t want to miss any of those..!

Thalia

The theater stage is my life. Comedy is my specialty, I am the reincarnation of the muse of comedy and idyllic poetry. You will surely ask how I know this. Well I discovered it when I was performing the role of  Sugar “Kane” Kowalczyk in “Some Like it Hot”. The muse took control of me and the rest is history. I am also the guardian of all theatrical events (with the exception of tragedies, that’s Melpomene’s field).

Urania

I am Urania, the muse of astronomy. I was used on keeping a globe on my left hand, but now I prefer wearing my modern glasses and studying the sky, the stars and the cosmos through my telescope and understanding the impact to us, through the ages.

Sappho

I am Sappho of Lesvos, often referred to as the tenth muse. Although this title has been used as compliment to female poets over the centuries, today, I am not just a poet. I am every modern woman who wishes to offer enlightenment to the world.

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