The Muses - THE MUSES The nine Muses are daughters of Zeus...

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Unformatted text preview: THE MUSES The nine Muses are daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne (Memory). Collectively they are the patrons of human skills, arts, and sciences. Of particular importance for ancient literature is the fact that poets received their inspiration from them. This is why poets often begin their works with an invocation of the Muses. (Cf. the first lines of the Iliad and the Odyssey and line 8 of the Aeneid , among many other examples.) At the beginning of his Theogony , Hesiod presents a long hymn in their praise. The Muses also delight the gods with their singing and dancing. Their leader is Apollo, the god of music and poetry ( Apollo Musagetes = Apollo, the Leader of the Muses). Although the Muses are often differentiated according to specific functions (cf. below), originally such differences did not exist. Perhaps the most important of the Muses is below), originally such differences did not exist....
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2012 for the course CLAS 250 taught by Professor Martinwinkler during the Summer '11 term at George Mason.

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The Muses - THE MUSES The nine Muses are daughters of Zeus...

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