The Nine Muses

Name Art Symbol Meaning of Name

Calliope (Καλλιοπη)

heroic poetry

tablet and stylus; sometimes scroll 

"beautiful voiced"

Clio (Κλειω)

epic poetry or history

scroll or open chest of books

"celebrating"

Erato (Ερατω)

love poetry

lyre

"awaking desire"

Euterpe (Ευτερπη)

music, lyric poetry

flute

"well pleasing"

Melpomene (Μελπομενη)

tragedy

tragic mask, club of Heracles, sword

"singing"

Polyhymnia (Πολυυμνια)

sacred poetry

no symbol; represented in a pensive posture

"many hymns"

Terpsichore (Τερψιχορη)

choral song and dance

lyre 

"dance enjoying"

Thalia (Θαλεια)

comedy

comic mask, shepherd’s crook, wreath of ivy

"flourishing"

Urania (Ουρανια)

astronomy

staff pointing to a globe

"heavenly one"

See also:

http://www.cosmopolis.com/muses/muses.html

Other muses:

http://www.moonspeaker.ca/Artemis/muses.html