October 10th, 2007 by sabrina

I’m still exhausted from Isis, so it’s short and sweet today.

Kalliope (pronounced ka-LIE-oh-pee) is the Greek Muse of eloquence and epic poetry. She is the eldest of the nine Muses, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. With Oiagros, King of Pieria, she was the mother of Orpheus, a poet and bard. Kalliope inspired Homer to write The Iliad and The Odyssey, and arbitrated in a dispute between Aphrodite and Persephone over Adonis.She is usually depicted carrying a scroll or a book, and carrying a stylus. Kalliope’s name, which means “beautiful voiced,” is also see as Kallipeia, Calliope, and Calliopea, and epithets used to describe her include Clear-voiced, Excellent, and White-armed.

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