What is a classical muse?
In Greek mythology, there are 9 muses, or goddesses, who presided over the arts and sciences and who were said to be the inspiration for such works. Their names and the areas they represent are:
Calliope--she is the chief muse and is the inspiration for writers of epic and heroic poetry, like Homer and Virgil.
Clio--she is the muse of history writers.
Erato--she inspires writers of love poems and songs.
Euterpe--she is the muse of music and lyric poetry.
Melpomene--the muse of tragedy
Polyhymnia--she inspires sacred songs, oratory, and rhetoric
Terpsichore--the muse who inspires dancers and choral music
Thalia--she is the muse of comedy
Urania--she serves to inspire astronomers.
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