October 6th, 2008 by sabrina
I’ve seen a lot of different ways to pronounce Thalia in my searches, but I’m pretty sure that the one I use is correct. Most of the Greek Goddess names have the emphasis on the second syllable, so I know I have that part right. When spelled as Thaleia (or Θαλεια in Greek), it would have been pronounced tha-LAY-uh in Ancient Greek, although the “ei” is pronounced as EYE in Modern Greek, giving tha-LIE-uh. Disagree? Let me know!
Thalia (pronounced tha-LIE-uh) is the Greek Muse of comedy and rustic poetry. The nine Muses are the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, and they accompany Apollo in his role as God of the arts. She is usually depicted holding up the comic actor’s mask and wearing a wreath of ivy on her head. Sometimes she holds a shepherd’s staff, and other times a drum or tambourine—her sons with Apollo, the Korybantes, performed a dance to the beat of drums as part of the Mysteries of Samothrace. Thalia’s name, which means “flourishing,” is also seen as Thaleia.
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