Thursday, August 28, 2008

Greek Muse Murals

The Muses are the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne (Memory). There are nine muses, each of whom presides over an art or science. The muses are: Calliope, Muse of Epic Poetry; Clio, Muse of History; Euterpe, Muse of Lyric Poetry; Melpomene, Muse of Tragedy; Terpsichore, Muse of Choral Dance and Song; Erato, Muse of Love Poetry; Polyhymnia, Muse of Sacred Poetry; Urania, Muse of Astronomy; and Thalia Muse of Comedy (Bulfinch's Mythology). Modern words that derive from "muse" include "museum" and "music."

You can find this painting of Melpomene in a mural at the U.S. Library of Congress.

By Edward Emerson Simmons (1852–1931)
Photographed by Carol Highsmith

A fresco at the Vatican, Rome:
Apollo and the Muses at Parnassus
By Raphael

This detail is from Sacred Dance and the Muses, by Benjamin F. Long, IV, painted on the ceiling in the atrium of the City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium, N.C.

How to Make a Fresco.
Quiz: Which Greek Muse are you?
Quiz: Can you match the muse with their specialty?
A free Greek Muses printable coloring book
A logic puzzle about the Muses.

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