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The Muses "[The Muses] are all of one mind, their hearts are set upon song and their spirit is free from care. He is happy whom the Muses love.
T he embodiment of the classical idea of the poetical faculty as a divine gift, these famous sisters dwelt on Mount Helicon, and drank of the fountain Hippocrene. Minerva presented to them the winged horse Pegasus, upon which, if one rode, she would soar aloft among the creatures and creations of fancy. The nine Muses are the daughters of the Zeus and of Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory .
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The nine muses—Clio, Thalia, Erato, Euterpe, Polyhymnia, Calliope, Terpsichore, Urania, Melpomene—on a Roman sarcophagus (2nd century AD, from the Louvre )