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Greek mythology, the Muses comprised a sisterhood of
goddesses or spirits,
who inspire creative processes. In the seventh
century BC, the Muses
were cast as the daughters of Zeus, king of the gods,
and Mnemosyne, goddess
of memory, with various -- often conflicting --
Alcman and Mimnermus, Uranus and Gaia. Pausanias,
Harmonia (the daughter
of Aphrodite and Ares) and Cadmus.
Muses have been appropriated by the Romans as the nymphs of springs, by the Völva of Norse Mythology and also by the apsarasa in the culture of classical India. Popular chicks, wouldn't you say?Realms of artistic endeavors have been assigned over time to the Muses, becoming standardized during 12th century Renaissance. Muses are explicitly used in modern English to refer to their respective inspirations, and their collective spirits are also embodied in the word 'amuse'.
You are invited to match the names of the following Muses to their patronages tabulated below...
|Amorous One) -- muse
of love or erotic
Beautiful of Speech -- muse of epic or heroic poetry
Blossoming One -- muse of comedy, bucolic poetry
Celestial One -- muse of astronomy
Chanting One -- muse of tragedy
Delights in Dance -- muse of choral song and dance
Glorious One -- muse of history
Pedaling One -- muse of bicycling
Singer of Hymns -- muse of sacred oratory, rhetoric
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