The 9 muses of greek mythology. Do you want to know them?


Meet the 9 muses of Greek Mythology, their representations in art, attributes and iconography.

Text - Yolanda Silva, author of the online course Analysing Art

The muses

They are 9 muses and each one is linked to some scientific or artistic component.

This article contains an explanatory video.

Who are the 9 muses ?

From the from the relationship of Mnemósine with Zeus the Muses were born: Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polymnia, Terpsichore, Talia and Urania.

They often accompanied Apollo, god of the arts.analysing art online course

They inhabited Mount Helicon, but were often on Olympus to entertain the gods.

Initially, the muses were created to celebrate the victory of the gods over the Titans, in the so-called Titanomachy.

Considered deities of spring, over time their importance increased until they became goddesses – and responsible for human inspiration.

The ancient Greeks believed that their work was inspired and helped directly by the Muse of the art in which they fit.

For this reason, all epic poems, for example, typically begin with a request from the author to the muse Calliope, so that she inspires him.

the 9 muses

Calliope, muse of eloquence and heroic poetry

Also associated with science in general and with eloquence.

Represented crowned with laurel wreaths, head resting on one hand, as if meditating.

She may also have a scroll and a pen with her.


Clio, muse of History

Goddess of Memory, Muse of History and Creativity.

Generally attends political relations between nations and men.

Represented crowned with laurels, with a trumpet in her left hand and on the right the book Thucydide.

She can have only the parchment and the pen.


Erato, muse of Lyric or Erotic Poetry

Her name means lovely.

She made those who were guided by her to be wanted and worthy of being loved.

Represented with lyre, hymns and sometimes a wreath of roses.


Euterpe, muse of the Music

Her name means the Giver of Pleasure.

Linked to music, it is represented with the flute.

At the end of the classical period, she also represented Lyric Poetry,


Melpomene, muse of the Tragedy

The one that is melodious.

Despite her cheerful singing, she sings tragedy.

Represented with a tragic mask, leather boots and knife or stick in hand.

With a cypress crown.


Polymnia, muse of Sacred Poetry (hymns)

Muse of sacred poetry, also considered muse of geometry, meditation and agriculture.

Thoughtful, wearing tunic and veil.

With agricultural instruments.

With musical instruments.


Terpsichore, muse of the Dance

Her name literally means the one who delights in dance.

Represented sitting with a lyre.

She was seen as the mother of mermaids.

Thalia, muse of the Comedy

She was the Festive.

Represented with a comic mask, and may still use a crown of ivy.

Urania, muse of the Astronomy and Astrology

She was also considered the Muse of Mathematics and of all the exact sciences.

The classical representation is dressed in blue, with a globe and a compass in hands.

She has a star diadem or stars on her dress.



Get to know rhe 9 muses in this video

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