I was asked to if I could post a bit of Greek history, specifically about the Nine Muses – as the term ‘muse’ is still used today to represent a person, place or thing that inspires us. Not only are the Muses explicitly used in modern English to refer to an artistic inspiration, as when one cites one’s own artistic muse, but they also are implicit in words and phrases such as “amuse”, “museum” (Latinised from mouseion—a place where the muses were worshipped), “music”, and “musing upon”. In Greek mythology, poetry and literature, the Muses were thought to be the Goddesses from whom all inspiration came in literature, art and science. They are also seen throughout Renaissance and Neoclassical art.
But from where did they originate?