The 9 Greek Muses

The 9 Muses were ancient Greek goddesses who ruled the arts and sciences, offering divine inspiration to musicians, mathematicians, poets and thinkers. For Urania Day, we've reimagined them as our favorite modern-day muses.

Clio

The muse of history and the guitar.

Modern muse: Carrie Brownstein of Sleater Kinney

Euterpe

The muse of several musical instruments, courses and dialectic, depicted with a flute.

Modern muse: Lizzo

Thalia

The muse of comedy, geometry, architectural science + agriculture, depicted with a comedy mask.

Modern muse: Ali Wong

Melpomene

The muse of tragedy, rhetoric speech and melos, shown with a tragedy mask (opposite of Thalia) and a bat.

Modern muse: Beyonce

Terpsichore

The muse of dance, harp and education, shown holding a harp.

Modern muse: Malala

Erato

The muse of love and poetry, name stems from the word “eros” and shown holding a lyre and bow-and-arrow set (the female Cupid!).

Modern muse: Cardi B

Polymnia

Muse of grammar, geometry, hymns and mimic art. Shown looking up at the sky and holding a lyre.

Modern muse: Amanda Gorman

Calliope

The “superior muse” who helped royalty impose justice and peace, protector of poetry and art, inspired Homer to write the Iliad and the Odyssey. Shown holding Homer’s poems.

Modern muse: Maya Angelou

Urania

Muse of astronomy and celestial objects. Shown with a crown of stars, a celestial sphere and a compass.

Modern muse:
Caroline Herschel

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