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Men and muses

Post by Sandra » Wed Mar 09, 2005 4:49 pm

If muses are supposed to be men´s inspiration what is the word for women´s inspiration.....or there is no word? Why is that?
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Post by Polemos » Wed Mar 09, 2005 8:29 pm

:?: why shouldn't women's inspiration be a (male) muse either?!
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Post by Sandra » Wed Mar 09, 2005 8:53 pm

People´s inspiration may be lots of things but muses are special .....that is the point... :)
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Post by Polemos » Thu Mar 10, 2005 12:11 am

oh yes, i see. and women are something very special that men never could be (you want to imply?) 8)
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Post by Sandra » Thu Mar 10, 2005 12:36 am

Muses are special in the sense of the importance that people have given to them (not me)
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Post by Polemos » Thu Mar 10, 2005 12:44 am

of course, i was just a bit kidding
nontheless i think a special person (and muse) can be eyeryone of importance (maybe even everything). a muse should not be defined in a restrictive way. but i have to admit that women are the best known muses (and perhaps they are best at all). :)
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Post by Rob » Thu Mar 10, 2005 12:49 pm

The muses were nine Greek goddesses who presided over the arts and sciences. They were the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, born at the foot of mount Olympus. Mount Helicon was sacred to them and mount parnassus was one of their cheif seats. They each had their own specialty:

Clio (history)
Urania (Astrology)
Melpomene (tradegy)
Thalia (comedy)
Tersichore (dance)
Calliope (epic poetry)
Erato (love/erotic poetry)
Polyhymnia (songs to the Gods)
Euterpe (lyric poetry)

Hence a muse=a goddess inspiring poets.
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Post by tom.d.stiller » Thu Mar 10, 2005 1:25 pm

Rob wrote:Hence a muse=a goddess inspiring poets.
Right, and it doesn't matter whether the poet is male or female. The muses, and the old Greek, haven't been that much gender prejudiced.

One of the most famous of the old poets is Sappho - a female poet from Lesbos.

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Post by Sandra » Thu Mar 10, 2005 1:54 pm

Thank you Rob and tom for the explanation....then muses idea that are to inspire men is a common mistake.....well I have always heard that men say "my muse" refering to a feminine object of inspiration.......and they are feminine indeed (they are goddesses) :roll:
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Post by tom.d.stiller » Thu Mar 10, 2005 1:57 pm

Some men do, Sandra, but that's flattery.
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Post by Sandra » Thu Mar 10, 2005 2:00 pm

okay......tom. You are flatterers.. :) (may I say thatt word?)
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Post by tom.d.stiller » Thu Mar 10, 2005 2:05 pm

Sandra, you may say so, but I never referred to real people as muses... I rarely, if ever, use that word at all.
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Post by Sandra » Thu Mar 10, 2005 2:08 pm

around me yes......well that is culture ... :)
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