Muses
(12,979 words)

(Μοῦσαι [Moûsai]; Latin Musae; also Πιερίδες [Pierídes]; Latin Pierides, Pieriae; Camenae)

A. Myth

The etymology of the word moûsa is unclear. In terms of the aesthetics of reception, Pl. Crat. 406a is the most significant contribution, deriving it from µῶσθαι (môsthai, ‘seek after’, ‘covet’). Isidore of Seville (Isid. Orig. 3,15,1 f.; also 8,11,96), Giovanni Boccaccio (Genealogia deorum gentilium 11,2,3) and Giglio Gregorio Giraldi (De deis gentium VII: Musarum syntagma, ‘The Group of the M.’) all follow this e…

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Söffner, Jan, “Muses”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps4_e812670>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111



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