The Legend of the Nine Muses

In the beginning these divine creatures were nymphs of the mountains and the water. The author Hisiodus in his book Theogony writes, “Mnemosene slept on the mountains of Pieria with the son of Cronus and gave birth to these virgins who make us forget our worries and lessen our pain. For nine nights in a row Zeus would climb on his holy bed and sleep with Mnemosene away from all the eternal Gods. A year later, when the months and seasons had completed their cycle and when many days had passed, Mnemosene gave birth to nine daughters…who were enchanted with music...” Their names were Cleo, Efterpe, Thalia, Melpomene, Terpsehore, Herato, Polymnea, Urania, and Kalleope.