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Euterpe on the replica of a "Roman mosaic in "Vichten

In Greek mythology, Euterpe (/juːˈtɜːrpiː/; Greek: Eὐτέρπη, Greek pronunciation: [efˈterpi], Ancient Greek: [eu̯térpɛː]; "rejoicing well" or "delight" from Ancient Greek εὖ 'well' + τέρπειν terpein 'to please') was the one of the Muses, presiding over music. In late Classical times, she was named muse of lyric poetry.[1] She has been called “Giver of delight” by ancient poets.



Euterpe was born as one of the daughters of "Mnemosyne, Titan goddess of memory, and fathered by "Zeus, king of the gods. Her sisters include "Calliope (muse of epic poetry), "Clio (muse of history), "Melpomene (muse of tragedy), "Terpsichore (muse of dancing), "Erato (muse of erotic poetry), "Thalia (muse of comedy), "Polyhymnia (muse of hymns), and "Urania (muse of astronomy). Sometimes they are referred to as water nymphs having been born from the four scared springs on Helicon which flowed from the ground after Pegasus, the winged horse, stamped his hooves on the ground[2].

Along with her sister Muses, Euterpe was believed to have lived on "Mt. Olympus where she and her sisters entertained their father and the other Olympian gods with their great artistry. Later on, tradition also placed them on "Mt. Helicon in Boeotia where there was a major cult center to the goddesses, or on "Mt. Parnassus where the Castalian spring was a favorite destination for poets and artists[3].

Pindar and other sources (the author of the "Bibliotheca and "Servius), describe the Thracian king "Rhesus, who appears in the "Iliad, as son of Euterpe and the river-god "Strymon; Homer calls him son of "Eioneus.[4]


Her and her sisters’ role was to entertain the gods on Mount Olympus. She inspired the development of liberal and fine arts in Ancient Greece, serving as an inspiration to poets, dramatists, and authors (such as Homer).

According to the traditions and beliefs of the Ancient Greeks musicians would invoke the aid of Euterpe to inspire, guide and assist them in their compositions. This would often take the form of a prayer for divine inspiration from the minor goddess.[5]


The mountain spring on Mount Parnassus was sacred to Euterpe and the other Muses. It flowed between two high rocks above the city of "Delphi, and in ancient times its sacred waters were introduced into a square stone basin, where they were retained for the use of the "Pythia, the priests, priestesses, as well as the oracle of "Apollo.[5]

Some people believe that she invented the "aulos or double-flute, though most mythographers credit "Marsyas or "Athena with its invention. Some say she also invented other wind instruments. Euterpe is often depicted holding a flute in artistic renditions of her.

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  1. ^ Bulfinch, Thomas (1959). The Age of Fable. Dell Publishing. 
  2. ^ OldWolf, Brian. "The Nine Muses of Greek Mythology". Owlcation. OwlCation. Retrieved 21 May 2018. 
  3. ^ Cartwright, Mark. "Muse". Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encylcopedia. Retrieved 21 May 2018. 
  4. ^ Cancik, Hubert; Schneider, Helmuth (2006). Brill's New Pauly: Encyclopaedia of the Ancient World. Classical tradition. 
  5. ^ a b Alchin, Linda. "Euterpe ***". www.talesbeyondbelief.com. Retrieved 21 May 2018. 

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