Hesiod on the Birth of the Gods
The Greek poet Hesiod (c. 700 BCE) is most famous for his works Theogony and Works and Days. In this passage from Theogony...
Luthieros Music Instruments: Creators of the Lyre 2.0 Project
For the ancient Greeks, music was viewed, quite literally, as a gift from the gods. It was an integral part...
A 1st century CE Roman sculpture of Melpomene, the Muse of tragedy. She holds a sword and the tragic mask of Hercules. (Vatican...
Orpheus is a figure from ancient Greek mythology, most famous for his virtuoso ability in playing the lyre or kithara...
Polymnia - Muse of Hymns
A Roman statue of Polymnia, the Muse of hymns to the gods and heroes. 2nd century CE. (Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen...
Roman Mosaic of Euterpe
A Roman mosaic of Euterpe, the Muse of lyric poetry, from Tarraco. 2nd century CE. (Archaeological Museum, Tarragona, Spain...
Roman Mosaic of Mnemosyne
A Roman mosaic of the Titan Mnemosyne (Memory), mother of the nine Muses. 2nd century CE, Tarraco. (Archaeological Museum...
Roman Mosaic of Thalia
A Roman mosaic of Thalia, Muse of comedy. 2nd century CE, Tarraco. (Archaeological Museum, Tarragona, Spain)
Sappho of Lesbos
Sappho of Lesbos (c. 620-570 BCE) was a lyric poet whose work was so popular in ancient Greece, and beyond, that she was ...
A Roman sculpture of Terpsichore, the Muse of Dance, playing a lyre, 1st century CE. (Vatican Museums, Rome).