What is a classical muse?
a beautiful woman that a poet claims inspires him to write a mythological divinity said to speak through a performing bard a four-stringed instrument that poets used to accompanied their singing a singing figure with the body of a bird and the head of a woman
In the classical world, a muse is the personification of divine inspiration. Artists and poets from the ancient world claimed that a muse was a demigod who visited hopelessly stuck artists and helped them create magnificent works of fiction. They were usually represented as beautiful women who visited helplessly lost artists and whispered into their ears while they dreamed. The act of dreaming itself was sometimes attributed to a muse.
During Roman times, they were given specific names and functions. Clio was the history muse, Thalia was a comedy muse and so on. Eventually their number was set at nine, each with a different function or specialty. Viking and Indian cultures also have similarly functioning figures represented in their mythology.