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The nine muses — Clio, Thalia, Erato, Euterpe, Polyhymnia, Calliope, Terpsichore, Urania, and Melpomene — on a Roman sarcophagus (2nd century AD, from the Louvre)

The Muses {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}} (Ancient Greek: Μοῦσαι{{#invoke:Category handler|main}} Mousai; perhaps from the o-grade of the Proto-Indo-European root *men- "think")<ref>From which mind and mental are also derived; see Oxford English Dictionary.</ref> in Greek mythology are the goddesses of the inspiration of literature, science, and the arts. They were considered the source of the knowledge embodied in the poetry, song-lyrics, and myths that were related orally for centuries in these ancient cultures. They were later adopted by the Romans as a part of their pantheon.

In current English usage, "muse" can refer in general to a person who inspires an artist, writer, or musician.<ref>"muse". The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Retrieved February 15, 2009.</ref>

Political allusions to the influential roles that the muse plays within the political sphere has also been referenced in current American literature.


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The nine muses — Clio, Thalia, Erato, Euterpe, Polyhymnia, Calliope, Terpsichore, Urania, and Melpomene — on a Roman sarcophagus (2nd century AD, from the Louvre)

The Muses {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}} (Ancient Greek: Μοῦσαι{{#invoke:Category handler|main}} Mousai; perhaps from the o-grade of the Proto-Indo-European root *men- "think")<ref>From which mind and mental are also derived; see Oxford English Dictionary.</ref> in Greek mythology are the goddesses of the inspiration of literature, science, and the arts. They were considered the source of the knowledge embodied in the poetry, song-lyrics, and myths that were related orally for centuries in these ancient cultures. They were later adopted by the Romans as a part of their pantheon.

In current English usage, "muse" can refer in general to a person who inspires an artist, writer, or musician.<ref>"muse". The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Retrieved February 15, 2009.</ref>

Political allusions to the influential roles that the muse plays within the political sphere has also been referenced in current American literature.


Muse sections
Intro   Origins   In myth  Emblems  Functions   Gallery   See also  References  External links  

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: Origins
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