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Post  AgathonZante on Mon Apr 13, 2015 3:32 am

Does anyone pray to the Muses? Is it a common Hellenic practice to do so?
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Re: The Muses

Post  Erodius on Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:53 pm

AgathonZante wrote:Does anyone pray to the Muses? Is it a common Hellenic practice to do so?

Those especially involved in livelihoods in which artistic creation was a major component – i.e. sculptors, painters, poets, dramatists, rhetors etc. would often offer devotions to the various Muses, considering their jobs and daily welfare depending on the success of their creations.

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Re: The Muses

Post  Vadzhij on Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:23 pm

The muses can also represent the harmony of the cosmos. One allegorical interpretation of them is that they are the nine spheres above the Earth (sphere of Air, sphere of the Moon, sphere of Mercury, sphere of Venus, sphere of the Sun, sphere of Mars, sphere of Jupiter, sphere of Saturn, and sphere of Fixed-Stars).

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Post  DavidMcCann on Fri May 01, 2015 1:04 pm

In Antiquity, such daimones were generally worshiped in conjunction with a god, sharing public altars. In the case of the Muses, the god could be Apollo or Dionysos. In Boeotia, they had a separate cult. There's an Orphic hymn:
Daughters of Zeus, resplendent and divine,
Renowned, Pierian, sweetly speaking Nine.
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in Taylor's translation.
It's interesting that in Boeotia and at Delphi, there were only three of them.

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Post  Erodius on Fri May 01, 2015 9:36 pm

DavidMcCann wrote:In Antiquity, such daimones were generally worshiped in conjunction with a god, sharing public altars. In the case of the Muses, the god could  be Apollo or Dionysos. In Boeotia, they had a separate cult. There's an Orphic hymn:
Daughters of Zeus, resplendent and divine,
Renowned, Pierian, sweetly speaking Nine.
&c
in Taylor's translation.
It's interesting that in Boeotia and at Delphi, there were only three of them.

There does seem to have been a fair amount of melding of the characters and presences of the Muses and Graces, including variations in number between 3's and 9's among them.

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-Iulianic Hymn to Apollon-Helios, ll. 65-106

"Having come for punishment, one must be punished. One must not pull apart the god within oneself."
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