Saturday, June 21, 2008

As Nove Musas

For a city so steeped in its own myths, New Orleans seems to have been built upon the ancient ones of our culture. A ride around the city can be a lesson in Greek Mythology. There are nine streets in Uptown (our neighborhood) that are named for the Nine Muses.

  • Calliope chief of the muses and muse of epic or heroic poetry
  • Erato muse of love or erotic poetry, lyrics, and marriage songs
  • Euterpe muse of music and lyric poetry
  • Melpomene muse of tragedy
  • Polyhymnia muse of sacred song, oratory, lyric, singing and rhetoric
  • Terpsichore muse of choral song and dance
  • Thalia muse of comedy and bucolic poetry
  • Urania muse of astronomy
  • Clio muse of history

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